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Cavernous Malformations in Children

  • A cavernous malformation refers to a collection of irregular or enlarged blood vessels in the brain or spinal cord.  Neurologists at Boston Children's Hospital have a strong history of diagnosing and treating cavernous malformations.

    • Cavernous malformations are also called cavernomas, cavernous hemangiomas, or occult vascular malformations
    • They can occur anywhere in the body, but usually only cause serious problems in the brain and spinal cord
    • Can range in from dime-sized to 3 - 5 inches or greater
    • Most cavernous malformations are congenital (present at birth)

    How Boston Children's Hospital approaches cavernous malformations

    The Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center considers each child with CM individually, starting with a careful evaluation with noninvasive head and neck imaging. Neurologists at Boston Children's Hospital have access to the latest equipment and techniques for diagnosing and treating cavernous malformations.  They also frequently pioneer new surgical approaches and equipment in their constant search for the best and most reliable ways of treating their young patients.

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