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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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JARUFE, Francisco et al. Neurosurgical Treatment of Central Nervous System Cavernous Angiomas. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2002, vol.40, n.3, pp.263-276. ISSN 0717-9227.

Cavernomas, or cavernous angiomas, are benign vascular hamartomatous malformations; they are almost always located supratentorially in the brain. The prevalence is about 0.1 to 4% of the general population, and they may arise in sporadic or familial forms. The present study analyzes the epidemiological, clinical and outcome characteristics of a series of cavernomas treated at the Asenjo Institute of Neurosurgery during 2000. The data of 13 patients who were surgically treated was obtained from clinical and surgical records, and compiled in an Excel database for analysis. The results show that convulsive syndrome is the most frequent symptom. Surgery is reserved only for patients with symptomatic lesions. In our institution, morbimortality rates are similar to those published in the current international literature. Deep-seated lesions are a challenge due to the technically demanding surgical procedures needed for treatment and higher rates of complications

Palabras clave : cavernous angiomas; surgical treatment.

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