Help Get the Right Diagnosis for Fibromuscular Dysplasia
FMD is an often-misunderstood disease that can cause serious medical complications, such as aneurysms and other vascular damage.
Last year, Cleveland Clinic opened the Fibromuscular Dysplasia Clinic (the first of its kind in the U.S.) to help diagnose and treat patients with the condition, as well as help other physicians learn about the disease and explore better treatments and cures. Dysplasia means abnormal cell development or growth. "Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon vascular disorder that occurs most often in young and middle-aged women, but can also occur less commonly in men, children, and elderly women," says Heather Gornik, MD, a vascular specialist at Cleveland Clinic. "It causes aneurysms, narrowings and tears (dissections) of arteries of the body.