Cavernous Malformation Symptoms, Treatments and Surgery

Cavernous malformation is a rare disorder of the capillaries and smallest veins in one part of the brain. The disorder occurs when a blood-filled mass resembling a tumor, called a hemangioma, forms. Symptoms include headaches and seizures. Cavernous malformation is frequently inherited.

Is there any treatment?

Treatment for cavernous malformation is symptomatic and supportive. Surgery may be performed if the malformation is easily accessible and is causing seizures or bleeding in the brain. Surgical procedures may be considered too risky for some elderly patients.

What is the prognosis?

Cavernous malformation is not always life-threatening and often does not require any specific treatment. After surgery, patients generally improve, some quite significantly.