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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 822--823

Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Confined in the Cerebral Sulci

Satoshi Tsutsumi1, Ikuko Ogino2, Akihide Kondo2, Hisato Ishii1,  
1 Departments of Neurological Surgery, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital, Urayasu, Chiba
2 Department of Neurological Surgery, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Dr. Satoshi Tsutsumi
Department of Neurological Surgery, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital, 2-1-1 Tomioka, Urayasu - 279-0021, Chiba

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Tsutsumi S, Ogino I, Kondo A, Ishii H. Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Confined in the Cerebral Sulci.Neurol India 2022;70:822-823

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Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are hamartomatous vascular anomalies occurring in the central nervous system. A fraction of CCMs shows familiar forms.[1] On neuroimages, a CCM typically exhibits a well-circumscribed, parenchymal lesion accompanying hemorrhage and iron deposition.[2] A 29-year-old woman was transported to the Emergency Department sustaining a generalized seizure. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multiple lesions in the cerebral hemispheres and brainstem. They appeared isointense on gradient-echo sequence and hypointensity on T2-weighted imaging. Some of them were located in the cerebral sulci, instead of the parenchyma. They lacked perilesional hemosiderin deposits or brain edema. Besides, cerebral edema was noted in the left temporal lobe [Figure 1]a, [Figure 1]b, [Figure 1]c, [Figure 1]d, [Figure 1]e, [Figure 1]f, [Figure 1]g. Based on the radiological appearance, familial CCMs were assumed. The patient underwent genomic analysis as a previous investigation.[1] The procedure identified a CCM1 (KRIT1) missense variant (c. 470T > C; p.Leu157Ser). Oral administration of levetiracetam was started with satisfactory control of the patient's seizure. The MRI performed 9 months later revealed stable appearance of lesions in the cerebral sulci andregression of the cerebral edema [Figure 1h]. To our knowledge, there is no study documenting CCMs confined in the cerebral sulci. The unusual locations outside the brain parenchyma can be, at least partly, explained by the nature of the CCM1 that causes abnormal angioproliferation in any part of the brain. In addition, the vascular permeability of CCMs is suggested to correlate with the disease activities.[3] These two factors might have contributed to the unusual formation of CCMs in the cerebral sulci and its unique clinical appearance.{Figure 1}

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