Intracranial cavernous malformations

Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2003 Feb;13(1):27-40. doi: 10.1016/s1052-5149(02)00060-6.


Cavernous malformations are commonly being recognized on CT and MR imaging in both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. The diagnosis of CMs can often be made on MR imaging based on the characteristic morphology of the subacute and chronic blood products. An atypical appearance of a CM in the setting of a recent hemorrhage requires follow-up imaging to confirm the diagnosis. Deep CMs have a significant clinical event rate that justifies close follow up or surgical treatment if possible.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / therapy
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / pathology*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / therapy
  • Child
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous, Central Nervous System / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous, Central Nervous System / pathology*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous, Central Nervous System / therapy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed