Imaging characteristics of cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas

Neuroradiol J. 2012 Nov;25(5):515-24. doi: 10.1177/197140091202500503. Epub 2012 Nov 9.


Cavernous hemangiomas occur rarely in the cavernous sinus and are difficult to diagnose preoperatively. The imaging of these lesions resembles other benign paracavernous lesions such as schwannomas and meningiomas. Profuse intraoperative bleeding may be encountered during surgical resection of these lesions. A preoperative diagnosis is therefore important to alert the surgeon. We report on the imaging characteristics of two different histopathological types of cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas and the use of contrast-enhanced MRI, diffusion-weighted MRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the differential diagnosis of these lesions.