arteriovenous malformation (AVM)

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New trial in LouisvilleKY seeks to reverse effects of dead brain tissue caused by radiation

LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire/ — A new procedure pioneered by Norton Healthcare physician-scientists directly targets brain tissue affected by radiation necrosis. “I started losing my sight and then passed out,” Alyssa Coffey recalled about experiencing her first seizure. Coffey was in the midst of training for an upcoming bodybuilding competition. A scan revealed the then 23-year-old New Jersey resident had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. To treat the AVM, doctors in her home state used radiation therapy. The radiation therapy treated the AVM, but Coffey experienced the severe side effect of radiation necrosis. Radiation…