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Treatment of Cavernous Malformations of the Brain (Cavernomas)

 

Treatment Options


There are two possible options available for patients who are found to have a cavernous malformation:

  • Surgery
  • No treatment

NOTE: Alternatives may exist to these two options, that your doctor will be happy to discuss with you.



 

Surgery


When a cavernous malformation is deemed to have bled or be causing neurological dysfunction, it may be surgically removed in an operating room under general anaesthesia. Since it does not grow back, the cure is immediate. The risk of surgery will depend on where the cavernous malformation is located.
Your doctor will recommend the best treatment for you and this will be, in part determined by your symptoms, and by the location of your cavernoma. Many cavernomas do not require treatment and will be followed conservatively with clinical evaluation and/or MRI on a yearly basis.