Duke Cerebrovascular Center offers experienced diagnosis and treatment of cavernous malformations, or cavernomas, of the brain and spinal cord.
Cavernous malformations are abnormal, dilated vessels that appear reddish purple from blood building up. These cavernomas can be found in any region of the brain and spinal cord and can vary in shape and size.
Cavernomas are most dangerous when they occur in the brain or spinal cord and cause bleeding. This bleeding can be very small and produce mild or no symptoms in some patients, but in other situations, it can result in death.
Cavernomas in the brain stem bleed and cause problems at a much higher rate than cavernomas elsewhere in the brain and spinal cord.
Cavernomas are often detected after a patient suffers from seizures, bleeding, or headaches. We use computed tomography (CT) and magnetic image resonance (MRI) scans to detect these dilated blood vessels.
Cavernomas are treated with surgery. Gavin Britz, MD, has a special interest in cavernomas of the brain stem. He has experience and expertise in treating them surgically using neuronavigation and skull-base approaches.
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