Doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurology), brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgery), brain imaging (neuroradiology), and other areas work together to appropriately manage intracranial venous malformations and other neurological conditions.
Doctors usually don't treat intracranial venous malformations, because they rarely cause any symptoms. If you do experience symptoms, such as headaches, your doctor may give you medications.
People who have intracranial venous malformations rarely may experience seizures or bleeding in the brain (brain hemorrhage), which usually is caused by other vascular malformations that can be found in association with a venous malformation. Your doctor typically treats seizures with medications.
Some hemorrhages may require surgery, but many hemorrhages may be treated with medical management and close observation, at least initially in the hospital setting.
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