The growth of cerebral cavernous angiomas

Neurosurgery. 1989 Jul;25(1):92-7. doi: 10.1097/00006123-198907000-00017.


The natural history of cavernous angiomas is poorly understood, and their growth has rarely been documented. We report three cases of cavernous angiomas that grew to large size in 6 years, 2 years, and 2 months, respectively. An initial computed tomographic scan disclosed no abnormalities in one patient and demonstrated two "minimal" lesions in the other two. The mechanisms of growth of these lesions are discussed; subsequent hemorrhages and capsule formation played a major role in their enlargement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery
  • Female
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / physiopathology*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / surgery
  • Humans
  • Radiography