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Cavernoma

Cerebral cavernous malformation

A cavernoma is an abnormal collection of blood vessels in the brain or spine

About

A cavernoma is an abnormal collection of blood vessels in the brain or spinal cord. Also referred to as cavernous malformations, cavernomas vary in size and look a bit like mulberries. They can sometimes compress the structures of the brain, leading to bleeding or other neurological conditions. When this happens, we at HCA UK can help.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of cavernoma icon plus

    Quite often, cavernomas won't lead to any symptoms. When they do, these might include:

    • bleeding (haemorrhage)
    • haemorrhagic stroke
    • headaches
    • seizures
    • dizziness
    • slurred speech
    • double vision
    • shaking weakness
    • numbness
    • tiredness
    • difficulty concentrating
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    People with cavernomas don't often have symptoms, so they're often only picked up on during tests for other conditions. However, if your HCA UK GP or consultant neurosurgeon thinks you may have a cavernoma, the may recommend an MRI and/or a  CT scan. Both are imaging tests which show the brain and spinal cord in great detail. 
     
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you've been diagnosed with a cavernoma, your HCA UK GP or consultant neruologist will discuss your treatment options with you. They might prescribe medicines to treat symptoms like headaches and seizures. If you're likely to experience bleeding (haemorrhage), they might recommend neurosurgery to remove the cavernoma or stereotactic radiosurgery to target the cavernoma with radiation energy.
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