1. Vance, Awais Z.
  2. El Ahmadieh, Tarek Y.
  3. Aoun, Salah G.

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Brain Arteriovenous Malformations and Arteriovenous Fistulas1 is a well-rounded theoretical and practical guide to a complex neurological disease. It provides readers with useful and updated information, at both the entry and expert level. The exhaustive list of authors includes many recognized leaders in the field of neurosurgery, neurology, radiology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology, and they use their expertise to offer the reader a complete and full overview of a seemingly daunting topic.


The text progresses logically through the different sections of the disease. It begins with a chapter on vascular anatomy and advances to pathophysiology, natural history of the disease, and clinical presentation. The book outlines the difference in management between ruptured and unruptured lesions and summarizes the latest guidelines and recommendations in a pragmatic and logical fashion. The authors also provide the reader with operative techniques and surgical images that are crisp and easy to understand. They offer a holistic approach to the management of brain arteriovenous malformations and arteriovenous fistulas and outline the role of endovascular embolization and radiation surgery, as adjuncts to surgery or as standalone treatments. The critical care aspect of managing arteriovenous malformations is also detailed through explanatory algorithms and tables as is complications and controversies on the topic.


At the beginning of each chapter is a list of key points. These provide a summary of the relevant information that will follow. The color illustrations, photographs, and videos are beautiful to look at, and the legends are informative and succinct. A well-organized and thorough index allows for easy reference and lookup.


From a nursing standpoint, reading and learning about the clinical aspect of the disease, the basics of its medical management, and the potential indications for surgery, radiosurgery, and endovascular embolization provide a better understanding of a controversial topic. The book also helps the reader become familiar with the terminology and techniques used by physicians and thus optimizes communication and improves care. Understanding the disease process and potential complications is critical in taking care of the patient.


We highly recommend Brain Arteriovenous Malformations and Arteriovenous Fistulas as a reading and reference material to any healthcare providers who are interested in vascular neurosurgical disease. This textbook and accompanied online material will provide them with an abundance of knowledge and an update that will last for years to come. It is an essential asset for all who care for patients with this complex disease process.




1. Dumont AS, Sheehan JP, Lanzino G. Brain Arteriovenous Malformations and Arteriovenous Fistulas. 2018. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. [Context Link]