Arteriovenous Malformation of the Oral Cavity: A Case ReportStephanie Tan* and Phillip Marsh
Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Stephanie Tan
B. Pharm, MBBS
Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 14, 2015; Accepted Date: March 10, 2015; Published Date: March 17, 2015
Citation: Stephanie Tan, Phillip Marsh (2015) Arteriovenous Malformation of the Oral Cavity: A Case Report. J Oral Hyg Health 3:174. doi: 10.4172/2332-0702.1000174
Copyright: © 2015 Tan and Marsh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are part of a group of vascular anomalies which can be further sub classified into neoplasms and malformations, characterized by specific morphology, pathophysiology, clinical behaviour and management. AVMs in the oral and maxillofacial region are rare but potentially life-threatening vascular lesions. Bleeding, facial asymmetry, loose teeth and headache are commonly seen at presentation.
Management of maxillofacial AVMs remains challenging, as total excision is required to ensure complete cure and to prevent recurrence, as the remnant AVM has the potential to grow quickly and exceed pre treatment size. Surgical excision however, carries the risk of massive life threatening intraoperative bleeding due to replacement of normal tissue with disease vessels. This case describes a 76 year old female who presented with a bleeding AVM involving the left buccal mucosa who underwent surgical excision.