Three members of the same family were studied, all of whom had multiple intracerebral cavernous angiomas for which a dominant autosomal inheritance was hypothesised. The proband suffered from headaches, and physical examination revealed evident right hemiparesis. The second case started with a hemorrhagic cerebral stroke and the third was asymptomatic on neurological examination. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), performed in two of the three cases, showed lesions whose number and extent were not radiologically characteristic of cavernous angioma. A cerebral biopsy of the proband enabled the diagnosis to be made. Despite the recent introduction of NMR, the nosological classification of familial forms can be difficult when the radiological lesions are atypical. In such cases, cerebral biopsy is not only a valid diagnostic aid, but is also indispensable for obtaining adequate genetic information.

Familial cavernous hemangioma with atypical neuroimaging

SALVIATI, Alessandro;GEROSA, Massimo;
1996

Abstract

Three members of the same family were studied, all of whom had multiple intracerebral cavernous angiomas for which a dominant autosomal inheritance was hypothesised. The proband suffered from headaches, and physical examination revealed evident right hemiparesis. The second case started with a hemorrhagic cerebral stroke and the third was asymptomatic on neurological examination. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), performed in two of the three cases, showed lesions whose number and extent were not radiologically characteristic of cavernous angioma. A cerebral biopsy of the proband enabled the diagnosis to be made. Despite the recent introduction of NMR, the nosological classification of familial forms can be difficult when the radiological lesions are atypical. In such cases, cerebral biopsy is not only a valid diagnostic aid, but is also indispensable for obtaining adequate genetic information.
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