Houston Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute Cerebrovascular Program offers expert diagnosis and treatment of cavernous malformations, or cavernomas, of the brain and spinal cord.
Cavernous malformations are vascular malformations consisting of abnormal and fragile vessels; they comprise 5-13% of all CNS vascular malformations and can also occur in the spine. They have a tendency to leak small amounts of blood and may produce mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Cavernomas in the brain stem bleed and cause problems at a much higher rate than cavernomas elsewhere in the brain and spinal cord.
Cavernomas are often detected after a patient suffers from seizures, bleeding, or headaches. We use computed tomography (CT) with contrast and magnetic image resonance (MRI) scans to detect these dilated blood vessels.
Cavernomas are treated with surgery. Gavin Britz, MD, has a developed a special expertise in cavernomas of the brain stem. He is adept at treating them surgically utilizing neuronavigation and skull-base approaches.