Some conditions are identified by difficult names that make them sound dangerous and complicated from the word go. Cavernous hemangioma is such a condition.
To understand what it means and how it occurs, it is best that we look at the meanings of individual terms:
- Cavernous – it basically indicates an association with cave-like shape or bubble shape.
- Hemangioma – these are lumps that develop from malfunctions sustained in the development and working of the blood vessels that connect blood veins to blood arteries.
- Bringing the two words together, a benign small bubble-like tumor occurring on blood capillaries is described. Generally, that is what cavernous hemangioma is.
Information on cavernous hemangioma and an atypical spine
There is a lot of science that goes into the nervous system. For example, it might surprise you to know that the brain is actually extended all the way to the tail bone. This is achieved through the spinal cord. Again, the spinal cord refers to the substance inside the backbone. In fact, the backbone is only a protective cover that keeps the spinal cord from harm. Even the slightest trauma on the spinal cord can lead to permanent physical or mental impairment.
Apart from that, we will in this article attempt to discuss just the basics of cavernous hemangioma, and not the science behind it. Learning the basics is very important in regards to diagnosis and finding the right treatment. In fact, even science doesn’t fully understand a handful of details related to this condition.
Arteries and veins are the main blood vessels that supply blood throughout the body. Since these are large blood vessels, they cannot reach small body organs. Also, they carry different forms of blood which cannot be allowed to mix. To solve the dilemma, the circulatory system is also comprised of smaller vessels called the capillaries.
Sometimes, it happens that mistakes are made during the development of the capillaries. Here, the vessels dilate and clump together to form a bump. This is referred to as capillary hemangioma. Depending on the part of the body it occurs, identification terms such as hepatic and cavernous replace capillary.
In the case of atypical spine hemangioma, often small but non-cancerous tumors develop in the brain or the spinal regions. Due to malfunctions in blood flow and formation of the blood vessels making the tumors, blood often slips through the walls, a phenomenon known as a hemorrhage.
What causes cavernous hemangioma; how it affects the brain
As described earlier, mistakes made in the formation of blood vessels are the cause of hemangioma. However, the following about atypical spine hemangioma and cavernous hemangioma of the brain are not known:
- The actual cause of the mistakes
- What causes the tumors to bleed and re-bleed
- How the condition can be prevented or treated without surgically removing the tumors
In cavernous pictures, a skin bump can be identified on the scalp in the case of cavernous brain tumors. The tumors can also be identified on other body parts. They appear as red skin bumps and are classified as moles. In fact, methods to get rid of moles can be used to eliminate the bumps.
Symptoms of cavernous hemangioma and cavernous brain tumors
Cavernous brain tumors are perhaps the most studied. The condition is a bit rare. Only about 0.5% of the population will develop it. It is most common in people aged between 20 and 40 years. This is perhaps because the condition only becomes identifiable in early adulthood, even in people who were born with it.
Brain cavernous hemangioma can be fatal. Its symptoms include:
- Disturbed vision
- Weak limbs
- Cognitive impairment, mostly felt as difficulties in communication
Some cases will go unnoticed or without any noticeable symptoms.
Treatment for capillary hemangioma and cavernous brain tumor
Anti-seizure medications can be taken to control the condition. You will find that attacks become more cruel when left untreated. Frequent seizures are known as epilepsy. Epilepsy is a fatal condition if left untreated.
Removing the tumors surgically is the best treatment option we have so far. However, quite a number of complications have to be dealt with.
For example, tumors occurring on some parts of the brain cannot be removed without possible damage to the brain. Also, doctors often have to wait until the tumor bleeds to carry out the surgical removal.
In older people, doctors usually opt forego surgical removal. It is different in children, for they have a higher risk of developing seizures and recurrent hemorrhages.
What is hepatic hemangioma; cavernous pictures
Hepatic cavernous hemangioma pictures show a small bump located on the liver. It resembles a large red mole.
Like any other type of cavernous hemangioma, the hepatic type develops from capillary hemangioma. If you can remember, we described vasodilated and bundled blood capillaries as the causes of cavernous hemangioma. The difference is that this time they will result in a liver mass.
Women have been noted to develop larger liver masses than men. Individuals above 30 years but below 50 years show a tendency of developing the condition more often.
In babies, hepatic hemangioma can develop even before birth. Some reports link the condition with high mortality rate due to heart failure and death in babies.
Complications, symptoms and treatment for cavernous hepatic hemangioma
Of all liver masses that do not result from malignant tumors, hepatic hemangioma is most common. Although most people may not even notice its symptoms, the condition can lead to some complications.
Symptoms maybe triggered by the rupture of the mass. In this case, the liver will enlarge. In babies, symptoms include anemia, heart failure, and growths in the stomach.
Treatment options include:
- Surgical removal
- Heart failure medications
- Blocking the affected blood vessels
It is important to take a child for clinical diagnosis if any symptoms of hepatic hemangioma are noticed. When the mass is small, that is, during its initial stages of development, it can be surgically removed successfully.
What is a capillary hemangioma; cavernous pictures
A capillary hemangioma can appear on any part of the body. In cavernous pictures, it appears as a red mole. It is for this reason that it is nicknamed the strawberry birthmark.
If not present at birth, capillary hemangioma will appear in the first 6 months of infancy. After another 6 months, the tumors will regress and probably be completely disappeared by the 6th birthday.
Most capillary hemangioma tumors occurring on the skin are harmless. They will not develop into cancer even without treatment. They basically result from vasodilated and bundled blood vessels.
Premature infants and females show a tendency of developing these tumors more. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies that can be used to treat the condition. It is in fact the closest you can get to an effective scabies treatment at home.
Another method you can try is freezing. This can be achieved at home or in a clinic. At home, freeze removal kits commonly used for ripping off skin tags can be used. You can also try a cold compress with ice cubes or a spoon placed in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Freezing is effective and can in fact be used for bumps on the penis or other sensitive areas. However, it can be painful and uncomfortable, especially to infants.