Investig Magn Reson Imaging.  2017 Mar;21(1):34-37. 10.13104/imri.2017.21.1.34.

A Case of Widespread Cavernous Malformations of the Central Nervous System Associated with Acute Neurologic Deficit

  • 1Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, Chung Hospital, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.


A 45-year-old female visited our clinic due to sudden right leg weakness and sensory loss. Brain and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging showed widespread cavernous malformations. Cavernous malformation in L1 spine area was accompanied by a subacute stage hematoma with perilesional edema. Sensory loss subsided after corticosteroid therapy. Usually, neurologic deficit by spinal cavernous malformation appears more chronically in the adults compared to children. Treatment options are difficult to establish in a case with multiple cavernous malformations. Identifying hemorrhagic lesions by extensive neuroimaging evaluation could be helpful to select the treatment target for cavernous malformation.


Cavernous malformations; Hemorrhage; Acute neurologic deficit
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