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Worried about having AV malformation. Trouble with veins when trying to get IV started

Yes, thank you. I recently had surgery to remove PIP breast implants, and during the prep for surgery the nurse tried to get the IV started and had trouble with my veins (which used to be awesome) anyway, the anesthesiologist came to take over and tried what he thought was a vein in my right wrist and had trouble also as I screamed and he continued to try... then my thumb was on fire and as he removed to needle he stated: wow, you have an av malformation...i ve never seen one in my 27 years...we learned about them but I ve never seen one and then it was lights out and now I m scared after reading about well it s been quite painful ever since
Asked On : Tue, 10 Jul 2012
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Dear Sir
Thanks for writing to us.
The description you have given favors more the insertion of needle into a nerve rather than an AVM (AV malformation). The AV malformation has certain characteristic features and will not cause pain or burning sensation in thumb.
I would recommend you to consult your internist or cardiologist to get reassurance.
Answered: Sat, 19 Oct 2013
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