I am not sure where to post this. Has anyone ever heard of varicose vein on brain? My mom's dr had her do an MRI because she was having episodes of seeing strange zig zag and swirling lights then she would become tired. She was also experiencing strange buzzing sounds in her head. They contacted her this morning after the mri and let her know they saw what appeared to be a very large varicose vein on her brain. She has to go tomorrow morning for a second MRI and the neurologist is going to look at it.... I tried to do some searching on the internet and can't seem to find anything on this...
I am thinking that the doctor probably used terminology that he thought you would understand instead of the proper terminology. So, she may have an AVM, neurysm, or the like would be my *guess* so you need to get the proper terminology.
Depending on the location of the veins and the fragility, they may treat, or may watch.
I would ask the doctor exactly what she has - varicose veins are in the face and legs - I could not find in the brain, either.
thank you for the information. Yes, an AVM sounds more like what they are describing. She had her second MRI this morning, the neurologist is supposed to read it and contact her, I will tell her to ask for the proper teminology.
The Dr.'s office contacted my mom. They said that the 2nd MRI (or MRA, not sure) showed it was not as big as first one showed and that it was a smaller blood vessel, not a vein. They said at this point they won't do anything, just see if it goes down on its own.
Guess i'm feeling cautiously optimistic...thank you for your help.
Get copies of the reports and the MRIs for your own records.
I would not think that it would go down, but odds are it has been there for a while and it can be a stable condition - so they need to keep an eye on it.
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