Vein of Galen Malformation

In arteriovenus malformations, the vein of Galen defect, named after the major blood vessel involved, is frequently associated with hydrocephalus (an accumulation of fluid within certain spaces in the brain). Symptoms include swollen veins visible on the scalp, seizures, failure to thrive, and congestive heart failure. Children born with this condition who survive past infancy often remain developmentally impaired.

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