What is the prognosis of Cavernous Malformation?

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Dec 31, 2012
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  • These are abnormal blood vessels which appear like small mulberry in the brain or spinal cord.
  • These malformations cause the walls of the capillaries to get thinner than normal.
  • Antiepiletic drugs can be used to treat the seizures.
  • The prognosis is variable for each individual

Cavernaous malformations are the abnormal blood vessels which have appearance like small mulberry in the brain or spinal cord. The condition causes the walls of the capillaries to get thinner than normal along with decrease in their elasticity making them more prone to leaking.  These malformations can occur on their own or they may be inherited. The malformations may lead to the bleeding in the brain causing neurological symptoms in the nervous system.

Cavernous Malformation

Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of cavernous malformation include

  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Paralysis
  • Hearing
  • Vision changes
  • Cerebral hemorrage

 

Treatment

Antiepiletic drugs can be used to treat the seizures. Surgical removal of the lesions is done, if the seizures don’t respond to the medication or bleeding in the brain does not stop.

Prognosis

Some people with cavernous malformation are not even aware of the disorder they are suffering from as they never experience any symptoms. The prognosis is variable for each individual as the location and number of lesions determines the severity of the disorder.

 

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