At IBS Hospital, we provide specialized care for individuals dealing with Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (dAVF). Our dedicated team of vascular experts combines medical excellence with personalized attention, offering comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. With cutting-edge interventions and unwavering support, we strive to enhance the well-being and quality of life of those affected by dAVF.
What is Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (dAVF)?
Dural Arteriovenous Fistula or DAVF is a type of vascular abnormality marked by an abnormal connection between the blood vessels in the dura mater, i.e. The tough layer of tissues that surrounds the brain and spinal cord from outside. It is a rare condition that is most commonly seen in people lying in the age group of 50 to 60 years.
Recognising the Symptoms of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVF)
While some people with dural arteriovenous fistulas do not experience any symptoms, others may experience quite aggressive symptoms, which include:
- Problems with balance and walking
- Problems related to speech and language
- Loss of memory
- Loss of coordination
- Facial pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems related to vision
What causes Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVF)?
In the majority of the cases, there is no known clear cause of dural arteriovenous fistula. Several factors which have been linked to it include:
- Traumatic head injury
- Brain surgery in the past
- Venous thrombosis
- Brain tumours
Diagnosis of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVF)
Modalities that are used to diagnose a dural arteriovenous fistulas include:
- Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI
- Computerized tomography or CT scan
Management / Treatment of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVF) at IBS Hospital
Dural arteriovenous fistula are treated surgically using various different interventions. These include:
- Endovascular Surgery, which involves the use of a catheter to release a coil or glue to block the vascular abnormalities
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery, which uses focused radiation for targeting and blocking the vascular abnormalities.
- Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Surgery, which aims at cutting of the blood supply to the fistula