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The majority of the morbidity and mortality is a consequence of untreated pulmonary and other AVMs and their associated hemorrhages. [...] treatment is aimed at identifying AVMs and preventing and treating bleeding. [...] patients should be referred for genetic counseling, because HHT is an autosomal dominant disorder in which the homozygous form is considered lethal.15 The Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation International (www.hht.org) hosts annual conferences, educates families and practitioners, and provides research funding for HHT.
surgical0308 2/21/08 4:00 PM Page 29 The Surgical Patient Brain abscess as a sign of a hereditary disease Torry Grantham Cobb, MPH, MHS, PA-C tha
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