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Welcome to the Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation Support page. The success of this endeavor is directly dependent upon you, the viewer. This page came into existence at the suggestion of M. David Tilson, MD, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Columbia University, New York, NY. Dr. Tilson has an excellent site, The Aneurysm Information Project, that addresses the medical/research aspects of aortic aneurysms in both a professional and lay style. I specifically recommend Dr. Tilson's Aneurysm Scientific Papers of the Month
Equally excellent sites addressing various vascular problems, including arteriovenous malformations and aneurysms of the brain, are the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neurosurgery, Wake Forest University and Massachusetts General Hospital. I also recommend Toronto University's Brain AVM & Aneurysm site along with the Aortic Aneurysm site created by Susanne Shamsolkottabi, University of Iowa. Finally, one of our narrative's author, Lorenz Dietrich has erected a German/English language web site, Verein für Hirn-Aneurysma-Erkrankte - Der Lebenszweig - e.V. , which provide links to numerous aneurysm and stroke sites, worldwide.
Although the aorta, and arteries of the brain, are the most common vessels presenting with aneurysms, virtually any vessel can be involved. Thus, periodically, this site receives inquiries regarding aneurysms of the splenic, renal, iliac, popliteal, and subclavian arteries. Unfortunately, on the Internet, there exist a paucity of information regarding these lesser known aneurysms. Noting this, Luis F. Saca, MD, Kaiser Foundation Medical Center,Fontana, CA, and Jeffrey L. Ballard, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, graciously prepared an FAQ regarding subclavian artery aneurysms.
Perhaps, of special interest to physicians, and their patients, contemplating traditional surgical repair of an aotic aneurysm, are the minimally invasive endovascular stent insertion, and laparoscopic assisted aneurysm repair. Interested individuals may learn more about the endovascular procedure by accessing the homepage of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, MCVI, or talking to our online Vascular & Interventional Radiologist, Alex Powell, M.D., Staff Physician, MCVI. Individuals interested in laparoscopic assisted repair of aneurysms may access Dr. Jon Cohen's, Patient's Information.