Andrea is a 41-year-old female with a medical history that is notable for Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome; an abnormality associated with enlarged blood vessels in an extremity, and for Andrea her left leg is affected. In September 2007, she awakened with an unusual feeling of numbness and heaviness in her leg and she proceeded for an evaluation at the Emergency Department. An MRI revealed an abnormality in the brain, specifically the left temporal lobe, known as an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and this finding was confirmed by an invasive angiogram (images below).
Neil Martin, MD, FAANS was the Neurosurgeon caring for Andrea. Several discussions took place with Andrea and her family until a decision was reached about the best treatment option for her. On October 23, 2007, she underwent successful excision of the arteriovenous malformation by Dr. Martin. The operation lasted approximately six hours and she recovered completely. The post-operative studies confirmed complete removal of the AVM.
Jennifer Varma, NP