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Cavernomas are diagnosed most often when they become symptomatic.

Tests used to diagnose cavernomas include:

MRI Scan

This test is the best way to diagnose the condition. Sometimes the scan may need to be repeated to assess the following:

  • Change in the cavernoma’s size
  • Recent bleeding
  • Appearance of new lesions

CT Scan

This test is sometimes used to diagnose the condition or to show if there has been recent bleeding, however they are not as accurate as MRI scans.

Genetic Testing

This test is an other option for diagnosis when cases of cavernous angioma run in the family.

Last UpdateAugust 28, 2012