Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist Waleed Brinjikji, M.D., discusses vascular malformation treatment.
He talks about the Vascular Anomalies Clinic available at Mayo Clinic that creates individualized treatment plans for patients. Mhm, mm hmm. The most common vascular malformation that we treat is the most common vascular information that's out. There is something called the venus malformation where you basically have a vein that did not form correctly. But we also treat arterial venous malformations which are abnormal connections between arteries and veins. And then we also treat lymphatic malformations which are basically lymphatic vessels that form abnormally and cause a lot of swelling and discomfort for patients. We actually have an excellent vascular anomalies clinic here at Mayo which is a multidisciplinary practice involving dermatology, interventional radiology, interventional neuro radiology E. N. T. And plastic surgery. We're considering all the options whether it's medical therapy, whether it's surgical therapy or whether it's you know interventional therapy. They get their M. R. I. They get an ultrasound and then they come into a clinic where they see all the specialists more or less. At the exact same time we come up with a plan and we initiate treatment sometimes the day after 98% of patients are treated out patient to be able to get all of that done within a couple of days and come up with a plan that multiple physicians can agree upon is something that I think is very unique to Mayo. We have a lot of expertise. This is an area of increased growth in our practice and to be able to see doctors that specialize in treating these diseases and know what can happen if you don't treat it. You know how to deal with complications that can arise as a result of the treatment or during the course of watching is something that is very important for patients that have a disease that is relatively rare.