Multiple Procedures Enable Full Recovery from a Brain Tumor and AVMs
Tim Goolsby was suffering from severe headaches and pain in the back of the head and neck when he came to PSJMC Neuroscience Institute. Specialists performed a CAT scan of his brain and discovered that he had an intracerebral hemorrhage, bleeding in his brain.
For further diagnosis, we performed an angiogram that confirmed several causes for the bleeding. Goolsby had a cancerous growth in an arterovenous malformation (AVM) plus an aneurysm in one of the weakened cerebral blood vessels. Neuroendovascular surgeons performed several minimally invasive embolization procedures, including coil and glue/onyx obliteration and stopped the bleeding. At that point, they discovered additional AVMs near a vital artery that could not be treated without opening his skull and performing conventional surgery. Neurosurgeons then performed a nine-hour craniotomy to remove the AVM and clip the aneurysm.
After successful surgery, Goolsby had speech and physical therapy, and was able to return to full activity with no effects on his speech or any other function. He continues to take blood pressure medication as an added precaution, and has annual follow-up examinations because aneurysms and AVM can recur. ""Now I can keep up with my 10-year-old son and enjoy life to its fullest," said Goolsby, delighted with his full recovery.