Cavernous malformations are the abnormally formed blood vessels that appear like a small mulberry in the spinal cord or the brain. These malformations can be hereditary in nature and may occur on their own. Cerebral Cavernous Malformations can leak blood, causing bleeding inside the brain. This can lead to neurological symptoms that depend on the location of the malformation in the nervous system.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes at the National Institutes of Health conduct research related to CCM in their clinics and laboratories and support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on finding better ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure CCM.
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