Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Appointments

Mayo Clinic accepts appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System sites.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), brain and nerve surgery (neurosurgeons), and brain imaging (neuroradiologists) have experience evaluating and treating people who have dural arteriovenous fistulas and other neurological conditions.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other doctors work together to treat your condition.
  • Latest diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic doctors use detailed imaging tests to diagnose dural arteriovenous fistulas and other neurological conditions. Tests may include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA), computerized tomography (CT) scan, CT angiogram and catheter angiography.
  • Efficient system. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan, often within a few days.
  • Surgical expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have expertise treating dural arteriovenous fistulas with open and minimally invasive procedures, including endovascular embolization, surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors study new treatments for dural arteriovenous fistulas and other neurological conditions and conduct clinical trials.

Treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), brain imaging (neuroradiologists), and other areas work together to treat dural arteriovenous fistulas and other neurological conditions.

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

  • Endovascular procedures. In an endovascular procedure, your doctor may insert a long thin tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your leg or groin and thread it through blood vessels to the dural arteriovenous fistula using X-ray imaging. Your doctor inserts the catheter into the blood vessel that leads to the dural arteriovenous fistula and releases coils or a glue-like substance to block the abnormal connection in the blood vessels.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery. In stereotactic radiosurgery, your doctor uses precisely focused radiation to block the abnormal connection in the blood vessels.
  • Surgery. Your surgeon may perform surgery to disconnect the dural arteriovenous fistula.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks #1 for neurology and neurosurgery and for ear, nose & throat in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals in neurology & neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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