Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae
Treatment for dural arteriovenous fistulae (DAVF) depends on the blood vessels involved. Endovascular techniques, which are minimally invasive procedures that are performed through the blood vessels, have been developed to safely treat DAVFs.
An approach, called embolization, reduces blood flow to the DAVF by obstructing surrounding blood vessels. During this procedure, the DAVF is filled with specially designed coils, glues or spheres that plug the vessels.
Some fistulas can't be completely blocked with embolization and may require surgery to disconnect or close them. In some cases, doctors may try to close the fistula with what's called stereotactic radiosurgery or the Gamma Knife.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Preparing for Gamma Knife Treatment
The Gamma Knife is an advanced radiation treatment for neurological conditions and consists of six basic steps. Learn more here.
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