What are Cavernous Malformations?

Cavernous malformations are abnormally shaped blood vessels found in the brain or along the spinal cord. These malformations lead to clusters of blood vessels and stretched-out blood vessels with weakened walls, both of which can disrupt blood flow to the brain. Cavernous malformations may be as small as a quarter-inch in size or as large as three to four inches.

While these malformations can be found anywhere in the body, cerebral cavernous malformations, which occur in the brain, typically cause the most serious effects and disrupt normal neurological function.

When cavernous malformations are found in other locations in the body, they typically cause few or no symptoms. In fact, about 25% of people who have these malformations do not experience related health issues.

But in other cases, as blood flow is disrupted, severe and life-disrupting symptoms can occur, including bleeding in the brain.

What Causes Cavernous Malformations?

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