Cavernous Malformation of the Brain
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Many people can go their entire lives living with a cavernous malformation
and not know it or have no symptoms. In asymptomatic patients the malformation
may be incidentally discovered. In these types of cases monitoring may
be the only treatment necessary with MRI scans being performed annually
for two years and then every five years there after. Some people may be
prescribed anti-convulsant medications.
For patients with symptomatic malformations surgery may be considered,
however there are many factors when considering surgery. Any surgery of
this type should be performed by a experienced neurosurgeon. Your neurosurgeon
will evaluate each case on an individual basis and determine whether or
not symptoms or seizures can be controlled through medication; if the
malformation is in a low risk, easily accessible area of the brain and
it has been determined that the lesion is causing the seizures. Other
considerations are whether or not the surgery itself will cause neurological
deficits, number of malformations, severity and recurrence of cavernous
malformation symptoms, etc.
Our experts at SCCNS will help each individual understand their condition
and will assist is helping then choose the treatment course that will
best benefit them.