Early presentation of an extremity arteriovenous malformation

Br J Plast Surg. 2004 Dec;57(8):785-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2004.06.029.


We report a very rare case of a high flow arteriovenous malformation (AVM) of the upper limb that caused high output cardiac failure at birth. There was early transfer of the baby to the care of a multidisciplinary team. After radiological intervention, the arm distal to the malformation became ischaemic and an urgent amputation through the upper-humerus followed. Methods of treatment are discussed, together with a review of results in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Amputation
  • Arm / blood supply*
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Skin / blood supply*
  • Tourniquets
  • Treatment Failure