Objectives The commonest cause of stroke in a paediatric population is a ruptured brain ateriovenous malformation (bAVM). We aim to assess the functional outcomes of patients who have undergone operative intervention at our unit for ruptured and non-ruptured bAVMs.
Design A single centre retrospective cohort analysis of paediatric bAVM patients.
Subjects 10 paediatric patients at time of surgery between January 2007 – December 2017 mean age at follow up 15.9 years, range 2–26 years, mean time to follow up 6.3 years, range 1.5–11.2 years.
Methods Patients with bAVMs were identified via the paediatric neurovascular database. They were contacted via telephone and the Paediatric Quality of Life (PedsQL) questionnaire administered via parent proxy if the patient was under 18, and by the patient if above 18. Functional outcomes were assessed using the PedsQL questionnaire score and converted in to a health-related quality of life (HRQOL) score.
Results 10 patients underwent resection of their bAVMS, 9 survived and 7 were contactable. The mean HRQOL score 88.9 points, range 65.2–100. Only one patient had a HRQOL score below the mean of a child with chronic disease.
Conclusions The mean HRQOL outcome score of operated paediatric bAVM was similar to that of healthy children. Patients having bAVM surgery within our unit have had a good functional outcome. Although there are small numbers in this series, there is a low incidence of operated paediatric bAVMs. Our findings suggests that such operations should be undertaken in units with expertise.
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