My wife survived a bleeding AVM that left her paralyzed on her left side four years ago

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My wife survived a bleeding AVM that left her paralyzed on her left side four years ago

 

 Dr. Sheehan, My wife survived a bleeding AVM that left her paralyzed on her left side four years ago. She requires total care, on average how long does someone live from this type of disorder? Her longterm memory is very good, however her shortterm memory can be very bad at times. Her family has a history of Alzheimers, will she get better or will her condition progressively get worse? I appreciate any answers you might have.

I am sorry to hear about the stroke that your wife suffered. Much of her length and quality of life will depend upon the ability of her brain to recover and whether or not she suffers any rebleeding event from the AVM. If possible, the AVM should be obliterated in some fashion (pehaps by radiosurgery and/or embolization).

Sometimes Alzheimer's disease can run in families. It does not mean that every individual in that family, however, will be affected. A neurologist or neuropsychologist may be appropriate to evaluate your wife's neurocognitive function for early signs of Alzheimer's.

Sincerely,
Jason Sheehan