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I've been diagnosed with an AVM ! My symptoms were a whooshin

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Hi, I've been diagnosed with an AVM ! My symptoms were a whooshing noise in my right ear when I turn my head to the left and I also get rustling noises in my right ear when I move my head about, this made me investigate the problem and had a ENT apmnt, a scan was done and they found an AVM, I'm very worried and feel like I'm going out of mind with worry, as I have to wait upto 10 wks before I get an apmnt with an neurosurgeon! Can you give me any advise or support in this situation that I should know about and is 10 wks an exceptable time to wait to see a neurosurgeon ?? Please can you help ?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Can you tell me the options of treatment or will I need any at all ? I have to wait so long to see neurosurgeon , I feel like I'm a time bomb waiting to go off! , Is this condition serious ?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I've been told it's front right lobe
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.
Hello from JustAnswer. The primary concern with an AVM is that there could be bleeding from the AVM. Most bleeding episodes are relatively small, but there is a possibility that there could be large amounts of bleeding. The risk of bleeding is about 2-4% per year, so it is not a concern that you will need to wait 10 weeks to see a Neurosurgeon. There are a couple of treatment options that may be considered when dealing with an AVM, although the best option for a particular patient will be determined by the size and exact location of the AVM. Certainly, standard excision is one option, but AVMs can also be treated with embolization (the use of a small blood clot to block the flow into the AVM) or radiosurgery (the use of radiation to cut on the lesion). If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
My AVM is in front right lobe, so do you know what best treatment for that area is ?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.
That is not sufficient information about location. It could be on the surface. It could be on an outer surface of the frontal lobe. It could be on an inner surface of the frontal lobe. It could be deep within the frontal lobe. The surgeon will need to review the images of the scan to be able to discuss what option would be best for you.

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