Neurology Community
Cavernous Hemangioma in Pons/Medulla
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Cavernous Hemangioma in Pons/Medulla

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for this service.  My Q is re 81 YO Caucasian mother with PD, Lewy Body Dementia, osteoarthritis.  Relatively healthy for age and disease processes. Exhaustive tests run to rule out causes of sudden onset of extreme sleepiness were all WNL, with exception of thin-slice CT of head with infusion.

"Vascular anomaly" discovered, mainly within the pons and touching the bottom of the medulla. Neuroradiologist told me:  cannot say definitively what type of anomaly, but thinks it is a cavernous hemangioma; not known if congenital or developmental; if developmental, cause unknown; size and location of vessels is abnormal; size/intensity appear slightly more than seen on non-infusion CT done in 2006; not a tumor; not CVA; no evidence of TIA; future bleeding possible but no evidence of current or past bleeding; benign category; unable to determine if this might account for the extreme sleepiness; no treatment to be pursued given site of occurence.

MD has since identified the sleep issue as meds-related, which is a relief. However, I am left with Qs re the CH. I followed the radiologist's explanation, but would like to know about the pragmatic implications for mom's having a CH at this site. What might this mean or involve? Should we be "watching for" or expecting something to occur? What "generally" happens in such cases?

I will appreciate your comments and insights. Thank you, again.

Lin
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
Apr 16 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1393294254
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
352007_tn?1372861481
Blank
LisaJF
1689801_tn?1333986916
Blank
Dagun
Iceland
5160872_tn?1385252394
Blank
MommyofNatTyZach
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Joiedecour
Indianapolis, IN
1667208_tn?1333111449
Blank
zygy2
NH