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Interventional Neuroradiology is a minimally invasive approach in the treatment of vascular diseases of the central nervous system. Conditions in the past that would have required surgical intervention such as aneurysms, vascular malformations, and tumors of the brain, spine, head and neck can be considered for treatment by using an endovascular approach to reach the lesion.
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Brain AVM[AVM Support Group]
[AVM Support Group Meetings]

The MGH Brain Aneurysm/ AVM Center has formed a Brain AVM Support Group for patients and their families. The purpose of this support group is to provide you with the educational tools and emotional support needed to get you through this difficult time. Our goal is to help alleviate fears and concerns through education and group discussions. Issues such as the origin of brain AVM’s, the course of treatment, and overall prognosis will be among the topics we will be discussing. The leaders’ task is to support you while you recognize and hopefully resolve concerns you may have regarding the procedures.

When patients are first diagnosed with an AVM it is a very frightening and confusing time for them and their loved ones. There are many questions they want answered,

"How did this happen to me?", "How long have I had this?", "Why am I getting symptoms now?", "Can I be treated?" Lack of knowledge about your diagnosis can lead to anxiety and apprehension.

For the people who have already been treated this will offer you the chance to help people who are now in the same situation as you were. Who better to help ease an individuals fear then someone who has already gone through the process. You are the best educators.

Physicians and other caregivers will also be available for you at these meetings. Communication between patients, their families and health care providers is very beneficial. Always remember that you are not alone. There are many people willing to help you.

The group meets the group meets every month, alternating Mondays and Fridays at Massachusetts General Hospital

For more information, call Dorothy Martyniak, R.N. at (617)726-1767


We have a book for purchase that was written by a patient treated at MGH years ago for an AVM. Courage to Persevere; The Triumph Over Tragedy of Bill Fallon’.  The cost of this book is $20.00 and checks can be made payable to Sue Fallon.

Hope to see you there!



Schedule for Avm/Aneurysm support group dates and speakers for 2006:

2006 Support Group Meeting

  • January 30th, 2006 @ 11 a.m.-12:30
  • February 27, 2006 @ 7 pm-8:30
  • March 27, 2006 @ 11-12:30
  • April 24, 2006 @ 7 pm-8:30
  • May 22, 2006 @11-12:30
  • June 26, 2006 @ 7 pm-8:30
  • August 21, 2006 @ 11-12:30
  • Sep 25, 2006 @ 7pm-8:30
  • Oct 30, 2006 @ 11am-12:30
  • Nov 27, 2006 @ 7pm-8:30

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