Cerebrovascular Anomalies in Children

Conditions We Treat

Cerebrovascular anomalies are defined by malformed blood vessels that can lead to blood clots, hemorrhages, strokes, and other complications. At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we treat cerebrovascular anomalies conditions, including: 

  • Aneurysms
  • Arterial dissection
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Hemangioma
  • Moyamoya syndrome
  • PHACE Syndrome
  • Vein of Galen malformation
  • Venous sinus thrombosis

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cerebrovascular Anomalies

Most cerebrovascular anomalies in children are not visible without the use of neuroimaging testing. Some symptoms of cerebrovascular anomalies may not be evident until a medical emergency like a stroke occurs.

The neuroradiologists and neurologists of the Brain Care Institute at Children’s Hospital will perform diagnostic testing, including:

  • CT or CAT scan (computed tomography scans)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity
  •  Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

Treating Cerebrovascular Anomalies

Treatment options for cerebrovascular anomalies differ depending on the type and severity of the condition. Our multidisciplinary approach provides your child with comprehensive care from experts several of our support services.