If AVM is not treatable can anything be done if it bursts

I am just wondering, if the neurosurgeon cannot go in and obliterate an AVM because of location/size/etc. if this AVM starts to bleed, what can be done for the patient? Can they stop the bleeding?

This is definitely a question you should ask your neurologist or neurosurgeon. I think the most important thing you can do is get to the ER asap.

If you don’t know what to expect, perhaps you pass out, you may want to consider a Medic Alert bracelet - paramedics always check for those. Or a Life Alert device (“help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials).

When I had my bleed the trauma surgeons performed a procedure to relieve the intracranial pressure (#1 priority) and gave me painkillers.


they can zap it, just like me and hope that the zapping with radiation makes it stronger…

Cathy- mine was zapped, too, with the Gamma Knife. Is that an option they discussed with you?

Talk to your doctor about the “what ifs”.