[Acute headache in a case of cerebral cavernomas]

Schwarz, N; Nohl, F; Dang, L; Hohl, U; Mattle, H P; von Bredow, F; Schiemann, U (2007). [Acute headache in a case of cerebral cavernomas]. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 96(19), pp. 775-8. Bern: Huber

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We report a case of a 52-year-old female patient with known cerebral cavernomas and acute headache. A cranial CT scan excluded an intracranial bleeding. Cavernomas are rare vascular malformations of the venous blood system (synon. cavernous angiomas) with a slow blood flow. Clinical manifestation is presented between an age of 30-50 years with mostly unspecific neurological symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, but also epileptic seizures and bleedings may occur. In general, therapy is symptomatic. In cases of seizures, however, anticonvulsive treatment is indicated. Operation can be discussed for peripheral localized cavernomas with bleeding or for refractory seizures. If antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy is necessary due to other diseases (coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism), cerebral cavernomas are not considered as an absolute contraindication. The risk for an ischemic stroke under atrial fibrillation (5-20%), for example, is higher than the risk for bleeding of a cerebral cavernoma under anticoagulation therapy.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine

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Schiemann, Uwe Kurt










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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:01

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:18

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/26591 (FactScience: 73617)

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