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Dr. Dickinson presents a new approach to treatment of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) at 5th Annual Meeting of the Subcortical Surgery Group

CCMs are vascular lesions made up of clusters of tightly packed, abnormally thin-walled small blood vessels (capillaries) that displace normal neurological tissue in the brain or spinal cord. These cavernous lesions are fragile and prone to bleeding into the brain, seizures, chronic headaches and neurological deficits.

Treatment typically involves surgical removal, but these deep seated lesions are located within or near white matter tracks of the brain. Removal poses a serious risk to the patient’s motor functions, speech, vision or memory.

In his presentation, Dr. Dickinson discusses minimally invasive parafascicular surgery, a new method for accessing these deep legions while minimizing morbidity.