In a newborn, a vein of Galen malformation may produce symptoms of congestive heart failure:
Newborns may also show signs of hydrocephalus:
Older infants may also show signs of hydrocephalus or may experience developmental delays.
In early childhood, symptoms include:
An accurate diagnosis is critical in order to begin treatment as early as possible. A vein of Galen malformation is an extremely serious condition that is best diagnosed and treated by highly trained experts at major medical institutions. (See Diagnosing and Treating a Vein of Galen Malformation.)
Reviewed by: Srikanth Boddu, MD, MSc
Last reviewed/updated: September 2023