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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 163--170

Anesthesia and intracranial arteriovenous malformation

Prabhat Kumar Sinha, Praveen Kumar Neema, Ramesh Chandra Rathod 
 Department of Anaesthesiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum, India

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Prabhat Kumar Sinha
A-6, NFH, Sree Chitra Qrts, Kumarpuram, Thiruvananthapuram - 695011, Kerala

Anesthetic management of intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM) poses multiple challenges to the anesthesiologist in view of its complex and poorly understood pathophysiology and multiple modalities for its treatment involving different sub-specialties. The diagnosis of AVM is based on clinical presentation as well as radiological investigation. Pregnant patients with intracranial AVM and neonates with vein of Galen malformation may also pose a special challenge and require close attention. Despite technological advancement, reported morbidity or mortality after AVM treatment remains high and largely depends on age of the patient, recruitment of perforating vessels, its size, location in the brain, history of previous bleed and post-treatment hyperemic complication. Anesthetic management includes a thorough preoperative visit with meticulous planning based on different modalities of treatment including anesthesia for radiological investigation. Proper attention should be directed while transporting the patient for the procedure. Protection of the airway, adequate monitoring, and maintaining neurological and cardiovascular stability, and the patient«SQ»s immobility during the radiological procedures, appreciation and management of various complications that can occur during and after the procedure and meticulous ICU management is essential.

How to cite this article:
Sinha PK, Neema PK, Rathod RC. Anesthesia and intracranial arteriovenous malformation.Neurol India 2004;52:163-170

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Sinha PK, Neema PK, Rathod RC. Anesthesia and intracranial arteriovenous malformation. Neurol India [serial online] 2004 [cited 2021 May 10 ];52:163-170
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