Hopkins Follow Up and Arteriovenous malformation

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Hopkins Follow Up and Arteriovenous malformation

Postby MarylandCM » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:39 pm

For those interested in treatment at John Hopkins in Baltimore, I have a previous thread, detailing my experience with the neurology department. The neuro's there recommended me to speak with the neurosurgeon Dr. Tamargo. I had my appointment last Friday, and he was relaxed and reassuring, stating that it is a simple cavernous malformation, and that I need only one MRI a year, then another in two years, and so on until one every five years. He said even my primary care doctor can order this for me.

I was surprised to hear this, since the neurologists at the same hospital outlined a totally different course of monitoring, which was every six months for two years, then once a year for the next five years, then spreading it out.

So I said, "well, everyone else must of been 'freaked out' about nothing then, because of my last MRI." Then I pulled out my disk and he said, Oh, let me take a look at that! He left the room and was gone for a good bit of time. He came back and said, they were correct for 'freaking out.' He said I had a significant hemorrhage, and while the most recent MRI shows the blood has reabsorbed, it was such a large amount of blood, that he wants to do an angiograph to rule out the possibility of a Arteriovenous malformation.

I was a bit discouraged to need yet another test, but he said that if it is this other malformation, another bleed could be catastrophic. That's never good to hear.

I was quite thankful for this website though, noting that you should always have your MRI with you! Along with the list of questions. Thanks so much to the volunteers that make this site happen!~
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Re: Hopkins Follow Up and Arteriovenous malformation

Postby Michelle2000 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:30 pm

Wow. I'm surprised he didn't ask for all of your scans from the get-go. Good on you that you had it ready. Best wishes with the next test. It's important to know exactly what is going on so you are treated properly.

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Re: Hopkins Follow Up and Arteriovenous malformation

Postby Elizabeth » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:41 pm

Wow, great jib advocating for yourself! Scary that the doctor gave recommendations without looking at the scan first. I'm so picky, I learned to never even give them the reports. I only showed them the scans...if they couldn't "read the scan" themselves then they got fired straight away, which happened several times. Mine was a very big cm and some doctors suspected an avm for me as well. I got an angiogram too. It wasn't too scary or hard, except they forgot to tell me that I couldn't lift more than 10 lbs for a week or so. My baby was 20+lbs at the time so it was something they should have told me in advance, but we worked it out. For me, it ruled out avm. Hoping urs goes well and they see what they need to give you best treatment. You can also mail ur scans to some of the other experts if you need more opinions. Best wishes!
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