Vascular Lesions

A vascular lesion is an abnormality present in the tissue of the capillaries, veins, lymphatic vessels, or arteries that carry blood to and from the heart. Vascular malformations can be congenital or manifested, many with exact causes remaining unknown. Based on the type of vessel affected, these malformations may be classified as high-flow or low-flow lesions or may exist in combination. Vascular lesions are commonly found on the skin but can also be internal such as an infarct, which is the result of a stroke.

Symptoms of vascular lesions may include headache, nausea, fever, neck pain and stiffness, vision and speech problems, weakness, and paralysis in some cases. Diagnosis is generally obtained with imaging studies like CT or MRI scans. Prognosis and treatment varies depending on the cause of the lesion.

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