Arteriovenous malformations that rupture during pregnancy: a management dilemma

G. Lanzino, M. E. Jensen, B. Cappelletto, N. F. Kassell

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Intracranial haemorrhage due to rupture of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) during pregnancy is a rare but serious condition that warrants prompt recognition. Once the diagnosis is made, the management is primarily based on neurosurgical rather than obstetric considerations. Due to its rarity, no definitive guidelines exist, and the best time to perform elective surgery (i.e., at presentation or at completion of the pregnancy) is ill-defined. This report describes three patients recently treated at our institution who had AVMs that ruptured during pregnancy. These cases well summarize the difficulties encountered in treating such patients. The diagnostic as well as the therapeutic implications of this condition are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-106
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Jun 1994


  • Pregnancy
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • intracerebral haemorrhage
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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