It is a generally accepted fact that patients with AVM are less likely to suffer fatal haemorrhage than patients with arterial aneurysms. Whatever one’s views on the treatment of AVM, one has to accept that an AVM entails a potential risk to the patient’s life or quality of life. If the AVM can be extirpated, this risk is eliminated. The question then arises whether the risk of operation is greater than the risk of conservative treatment. In order to answer this question it is necessary to study the natural history of patients with AVM.
KeywordsNeurological Deficit Conservative Treatment Risk Profile Neurological Finding Intracerebral Haematoma
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