Cerebral cavernous malformation
Other Names for this Disease
- Cerebral cavernous hemangioma
- Cavernous angioma
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seizures, paralysis, hearing or vision deficiencies, and bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhage). These malformations can change in size and number over time, but they do not become cancerous. This condition can be sporadic or it can be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Mutations in the KRIT1(CCM1), CCM2, and PDCD10 (CCM3) genes cause cerebral cavernous malformation. Treatment depends upon the symptoms. Seizures are usually treated with antiepileptic medications or surgery.Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are collections of small blood vessels (capillaries) in the brain that are enlarged and irregular in structure which lead to altered blood flow. Cavernous malformations can occur anywhere in the body, but usually produce serious signs and symptoms only when they occur in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Cavernous malformations in the brain and/or spinal cord are called cerebral cavernous malformations. Approximately 25 percent of individuals with cerebral cavernous malformations never experience any related medical problems. Other people with cerebral cavernous malformations may experience serious symptoms such as headaches,
Last updated: 12/14/2015
- NINDS Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). February 2015; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cavernous_malformation/cavernous_malformation.htm. Accessed 12/14/2015.
- Cerebral cavernous malformation. Genetics Home Reference. November 2012; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/cerebral-cavernous-malformation. Accessed 12/14/2015.
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