Cerebrovascular Malformations (CVM): How We Treat

How are cerebrovascular malformations treated?

Vascular malformations are treated in the Neursciences Institute

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are usually operated on and surgically removed if possible. Sometimes they can be treated in the angiography suite by “embolization” (injecting glue into them after the x-ray dye to stop bleeding).  Often, AVMs are first embolized then surgically removed.  Sometimes, AVMs that can’t be cured by glue or surgery can be treated using precisely-aimed radiation, called stereotactic radiosurgery.

Aneurysms are treated by cutting off the blood flowing into them, usually by surgically applying metal clips to their outside or injecting metal coils into them. This does not harm the brain because blood flow through healthy blood vessels is not cut off.

Cavernomas are usually surgically removed if possible.  However, many cavernomas are small and don’t cause any problems or need any treatment.  They usually are followed with periodic MRI scans to make sure they’re not growing.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s cerebrovascular malformation? 

At Children’s Colorado, we treat more children with cerebrovascular malformations than all other hospitals in Colorado combined.  Our expert physicians are always able to offer the best treatment for your child’s CVM, whether it is surgery, embolization, coiling, or stereotactic radiosurgery.

In addition, some of the most advanced research on CVM is being done right here at our hospital.