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Report of a scalp arteriovenous malformation spontaneously hemorrhaging into a preauricular sinus

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February 1, 2009
by Andrew A. Winkler, MD, M.J.B. Stallmeyer, MD, and Thomas T. Le, MD


Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the scalp are rare congenital lesions that can be extremely disfiguring and even life-threatening. Another congenital lesion is the preauricular sinus, which forms when the auricular hillocks fail to fuse. We present a case of an AVM of the scalp that ruptured into a preauricular sinus. The occurrence of these two lesions on the same side of a patient is a notable and previously unreported event. The patient was successfully treated with intravascular embolization and surgical ligation.

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