A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, usually found in the brain and spinal cord. They’re sometimes known as cavernous angiomas, cavernous haemangiomas, or cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). A typical cavernoma looks like a raspberry. It’s filled with blood that flows slowly through vessels that are like “caverns”. They can vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres across. Most cavernoma do not cause symptoms, and because of this, people suffering with cavernomas may be subject to cavernoma negligence.

A cavernoma often does not cause symptoms, but when symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • bleeding (haemorrhage)
  • fits (seizures)
  • headaches
  • neurological problems, such as dizziness, slurred speech (dysarthria), double vision, balance problems and tremor
  • weakness, numbness, tiredness, memory problems and difficulty concentrating
  • a type of stroke called a haemorrhagic stroke

The severity and duration of symptoms can vary depending on the type of cavernoma and where it’s located.

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Cavernoma Negligence: Misdiagnosis

The main cause of cavernoma negligence is misdiagnosis of symptoms. Misdiagnosis of cavernoma symptoms can cause a patient to have delayed or incorrect treatment. This can make their condition much worse. In the most extreme cases, misdiagnosis of cavernoma symptoms has caused the deaths of patients who would otherwise have recovered from their illness.

Problems can occur if the cavernoma bleeds or presses on certain areas of the brain.

The cells lining a cavernoma are often thinner than those that line normal blood vessels, which means they’re prone to leaking blood.

In most cases, bleeding is small – usually around half a teaspoonful of blood – and may not cause other symptoms. But severe haemorrhages can be life threatening and may lead to long-lasting problems.

You can make a claim for misdiagnosis of cavernoma symptoms if:

  • The doctor, clinician, dentist, or responsible medical practitioner showed negligence in their incorrect interpretation of the test results; and
  • That their negligent actions have caused you harm.

Any symptoms you have may come and go as the cavernoma bleeds and then reabsorbs blood.

It’s important to closely monitor your symptoms, as any new symptoms might be a sign of a haemorrhage. Your doctor can advise you about what to do if you experience any new or worsening symptoms. They may also recommend having a further brain scan.

A doctor should be able to spot the symptoms of cavernoma complications, as they are serious. If they fail to spot the red flags, then they may misdiagnose a patient and give them incorrect treatment.

If a doctor failed to spot your cavernoma symptoms, and it has caused your condition to get worse or develop, or caused you serious side effects, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

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