Cavernous malformation (CM), also known as cavernous angioma,
cavernous hemangioma and cavernous vascular malformation, is a type of
vascular malformation that occurs in the brain and/or spine. These
malformations are made up of fragile arteries and veins that tend to
leak small amounts of blood and can cause large brain hemorrhages
resulting in permanent neurological deficits, if not treated.
Most people who have CM are born with them. However, the
malformation can change over time, causing onset of symptoms later in
life. CM can also run in families. Our team at Stanford Heath Care is
experienced in screening and treating multiple generations of a family.