I'm curious if anyone besides myself in the group has a spinal avm or if
anyone has ever had a spinal resection on the cervical leval of spine?
A spinal arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal tangle of blood
vessels on, in or near the spinal cord. The arteriovenous malformation
causes spinal tissues to be starved of normal amounts of oxygen, and the
cells that make up these tissues begin to deteriorate or die off. The
abnormal group of blood vessels (the AVM) may rupture and cause a spinal
hemorrhage. Rarely, the AVM may become larger and compress the spinal cord.
Studies show that, while the day-to-day risk of hemorrhage or other problems
associated with arteriovenous malformations is small, over time the risk
increases. Therefore, treatment is usually recommended for otherwise healthy
young people who have AVMs.