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|CyberKnife® Patient Support Group > Ask the Doctors > AVM > C7-T1 (Cavernous, Venous?) AVM ||Forum Quick Jump|
Steven Chang, MD
Date Joined Aug 2004
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| Posted 8/6/2005 7:28 PM (GMT -8) |
|If this is really a cavernous malformation, then it would not be typically treated with the Cyberknife or any other form of radiation. We know from experiences of treating these cavernous angioma (also known as cavernous malformations) that radiosurgery does not really work for these lesions. They are usually found after the hemorrhage, and using radiosurgery does not necessarily prevent these from rehemorrhaging again. Some cavernous angiomas can be associated with another abnormality called a venous angioma, which is a separate and distinct entity from cavernous angiomas.|
Cavernous angiomas are really only treated with surgical resection. The risks of the surgery depend on the size and exact location of the cavernous angioma within the spinal cord, the clinical condition of the patient, and the experience of the operating team. Without having seen your films, I can only provide generalizations, and thus I cannot be more specific at this point.
Steven Chang, MD
Department of Neurosurgery
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