Learn About Vein of Galen Aneurysm

What is the definition of Vein of Galen Aneurysm?
Vein of Galen aneurysm is a rare form of arteriovenous malformation in which the embryonic precursor to the vein of Galen, a vein at the base of the brain, dilates causing too much blood to rush to the heart. This can lead to rapid heart failure. Other features may include increased head circumference resulting from hydrocephalus, unusually prominent veins on the face and scalp, developmental delay, persistent headache, and other neurological findings.  Vein of Galen aneurysm is often recognized on an ultrasound late in pregnancy. In other cases, it is diagnosed after birth. Although the exact cause remains unknown, this condition appears to result from a defect in early fetal development. Treatment is aimed at decreasing the blood flow through the malformation while maximizing the blood supply to the brain. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are preferred, such as endovascular embolization.
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What are the alternative names for Vein of Galen Aneurysm?
  • Ectasia or varix of the vein of Galen
  • Galenic arteriovenous malformation
  • Vein of Galen aneurysm malformation
  • VGAM
  • Galen vein aneurysm
What are the causes of Vein of Galen Aneurysm?
Vein of Galen aneurysm originates during a baby's early prenatal development (usually during weeks 6-11). It involves a large vein at the base of the brain that is formed early in gestation and is normally replaced by the vein of Galen. In children with this condition, high-pressure, high-speed blood from the arteries flows directly into this precursor vein, preventing a true vein of Galen from forming. Vein of Galen aneurysm has been associated with capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation (CM-AVM) syndrome, a newly recognized autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the RASA1 gene in a small number of families.   
Who are the top Vein of Galen Aneurysm Local Doctors?
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The Mount Sinai Hospital

New York, NY 

Alejandro Berenstein is a Radiologist and an Interventional Radiologist in New York, New York. Dr. Berenstein has been practicing medicine for over 50 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysm. She is also highly rated in 9 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Vein of Galen Aneurysm, Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation, Van Der Woude Syndrome, and Maxillary Double Lip. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology and licensed to treat patients in New York.

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Hannover Medical School

Neuss, NW, DE 

Dan Meila is in Neuss, Germany. Meila is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysm. He is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Vein of Galen Aneurysm, Congenital Arteriovenous Shunt, Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation, and Brain Aneurysm.

 
 
 
 
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Boston Childrens Hospital

Boston, MA 

Darren Orbach is a Neuroradiologist and a Radiologist in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Orbach has been practicing medicine for over 24 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysm. He is also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Vein of Galen Aneurysm, Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation, PHACE Syndrome, and Telangiectasia. He is licensed to treat patients in Massachusetts. Dr. Orbach is currently accepting new patients.

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What are the Latest Advances for Vein of Galen Aneurysm?
Management and Outcomes of Neonatal Arteriovenous Brain Malformations with Cardiac Failure: A 17 Years' Experience in a Tertiary Referral Center.
Vein of Galen Malformations: The Texas Children's Hospital Experience in the Modern Endovascular Era.
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