Jefferson University Hospitals

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

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Arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, is life-threatening and requires precise diagnosis and treatment by surgeons who are experts in this specialized area of care.

Treatment of AVMs is conducted at the Jefferson Health Brain Aneurysm and AVM Center in Philadelphia. One of the advantages of being treated for AVMs at Jefferson Health is that our Center is the largest in the Delaware Valley; our neurologists have evaluated and treated more than 5,000 patients with brain aneurysms and cerebral and spinal AVMs. Our physicians have helped pioneer specialized treatments of AVMs, while setting training standards for neurosurgeons worldwide.

Arteriovenous Malformation Treatment Options

Medication can often alleviate general symptoms caused by AVMs and other vascular lesions, but the definitive treatment options we provide are focused irradiation therapy and three surgical methods:

  • Conventional surgery
  • Radiosurgery
  • Embolization

Embolization, in particular, is less invasive than conventional surgery. It involves the surgeon guiding a catheter though the arterial network until the tip of the catheter reaches the site of the AVM. The surgeon then introduces a substance that will plug the fistula, correcting the abnormal pattern of blood flow.

Our experts have performed more minimally invasive endovascular interventions with embolizing glue than any other neurovascular group on the East coast. Our team uses minimally invasive approaches wherever possible, including advanced procedures that treat aneurysms by filling them with platinum coils.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Jefferson Health is a leading provider of stereotactic radiosurgery in the Delaware Valley and is also recognized across the country and around the world. With a distinguished past and a promising future, our physicians continue to set the standard for state-of-the-art stereotactic radiosurgery treatments.

In 1994, Jefferson Health's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital became the first hospital in the world to possess a LINAC machine used exclusively for stereotactic radiosurgery of the brain. In August 2014, Jefferson Health launched a new TrueBeam STx Slim with BrainLab Novalis. Currently, Jefferson Health is proud to be the fourth institution to offer this leading-edge technology in the country.

Request an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health AVM specialist.