Journal of Spine & NeurosurgeryISSN: 2325-9701

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Research Article, J Spine Neurosurg Vol: 6 Issue: 1

Cavernous Angioma of the Cerebellopontine Angle

Savastano LE1*, Hollon TC1, Gebarski SS2, Fisher-Hubbard AO3, Arts HA4 and Thompson BG1
1Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2Department of Radiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
3Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
4Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Corresponding author : Dr. Luis E. Savastano
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Room 3552 TC, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5338, USA
Tel: 734-647-7960
Received: September 02, 2016 Accepted: November 05, 2016 Published: January 28, 2017
Citation: Savastano LE, Hollon TC, Gebarski SS, Fisher-Hubbard AO, Arts HA, et al. (2017) Cavernous Angioma of the Cerebellopontine Angle. J Spine Neurosurg 6:1. doi: 10.4172/2325-9701.1000255


Cavernous angiomas within the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) and internal auditory canal (IAC) are uncommon vascular lesions. To date, fewer than 70 histologically proven cases are reported in the literature. The majority of these lesions are believed to arise from the dural vascular plexus. A small subset of cavernous angiomas originates from the vascular plexus of the vestibulocochlear nerve and, less commonly, the facial nerve. In this report, we present the case of a pathology-proven cavernous angioma likely arising from the cisternal segment of the facial nerve causing vestibulocochlear nerve dysfunction. We then review reports in the literature of cavernous angiomas within the CPA and IAC.

Keywords: Cavernous angioma; Cerebellopontine angle; facial nerve; Internal auditory canal; Cavernoma; Cavernous malformation

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