Medullary hemorrhage that preceded the onset of multiple cavernous angiomas.

Research paper by Tameto T Naoi, Koichi K Nakao, Yuko Y Nakamura, Ayako A Ando, Tadataka T Kawakami

Indexed on: 04 Apr '15Published on: 04 Apr '15Published in: Internal medicine (Tokyo, Japan)


Medullary hemorrhage is rare, and the causative role of hypertension still remains controversial. Cavernous angioma and other vascular malformations have been reported to cause medullary hemorrhage. A 53-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for vertigo. Medullary hemorrhage and multiple small hypointense lesions were detected on T2-star weighted magnetic resonance imaging (T2*W MRI). One and four months later, the appearance of new lesions confirmed the diagnosis of cerebral cavernous angioma. Cavernous angioma is often characterized by de novo appearance/progression on MRI. A follow-up MRI is required to diagnose cavernous angioma in patients with medullary hemorrhage.