Successful Treatment Depends on Successful Diagnosis


Successful Treatment Depends on Successful Diagnosis

“Overall Dr. Abdulrauf is the best doctor I have ever had. His playful and thoughtful personality definitely helped me through my recovery process. Thank you so much for everything you did and you may be boss but ill always put up a fight!”

~Amber C.

What Is Cavernomas?

Cavernomas are a cluster of abnormal thin-walled blood vessels that can occur anywhere in the brain (or spinal cord) and they can cause bleeding which can result in a stroke. They are known as Cavernous Malformations, Cavernous hemangiomas, or a type of Vascular Malformations.

Most people who have these have no relatives with the disease (meaning it is sporadic and not genetic). However, about 20 percent have the familial form (genetic form).

The best test for the diagnosis of a Cavernoma is Magnetic Renosance Imaging (MRI).


Treatment Options

Cavernomas, when diagnosed incidentally (meaning the patient had an MRI for some other reason and a Cavernoma was discovered), are labeled “Asymptomatic” Cavernomas. Cavernomas that have caused bleeding with stroke-like symptoms Or ones that present with headaches or seizures are labeled “Symptomatic” Cavernomas.

Not all Cavernomas need treatment, many can be followed closely by a neurosurgeon. When treatment is needed, Microsurgery is used to remove the Cavernoma to achieve a cure.

Our Patient

Success Stories

My name is Mary Sanders and on August 25, 2014, Dr. Abdulrauf operated on me for the removal of a Cavernous Hemangioma positioned on the frontal area of my brain. I had been coming to SLUH for over 3 years but it was my first time meeting Dr. Abdulrauf. After meeting him and doing research, I was convinced that this was the best way for me to improve the quality of my life. I trusted his expertise and knowledge and never felt afraid or worried.

– Mary Sanders

So here is my story. My name is Amber and I am 18 years old. I was diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in my brain. When we originally went to see the SLU neurosurgeons they did not recommend to have surgery. My college soccer staff were very concerned and needed to know more information, so we called back to SLU hospital. Dr. Abdulrauf wanted to meet with me personally to discuss what the best course of action should be. When I was on my way to meet him, I was very nervous t see what he may be like. I was afraid he would be like most doctors and say things that go over my head or things I wouldn’t understand. To my surprise, Dr. Abdulrauf was nothing like that. When I met him in his office he spoke in a way that was very easy to understand and he made me feel very comfortable about this terrifying discovery. He related to me because of his love of soccer. After he reviewed my case he concluded it would be best to have the Cavernous malformation removed due to my young age. Dr. Abdulrauf seemed very confident about the procedure. I was a bit scared but relieved to know I was in good hands.

Amber C.


World Class Care

Dr. Abdulrauf is a world renowned neurosurgeon. His innovations the EC-IC bypass and craniotomy have improved outcomes for patients around the world. Please contact us for further information or to obtain a consultation (second opinion).


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