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A Cavernous Angioma and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

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Cavernous Angioma is one of several terms that are used interchangeably. The other terms are cavernous malformation, cavernous hemangioma, cavernoma and CCM.

A cavernous angioma is an abnormal tangle of vein-like structures. It is marked by multiple distended “caverns” of blood-filled vessels. The blood flow through these blood  vessels is extremely slow.

A cavernous angioma may result in the blood vessels losing their original shape, becoming enlarged and developing thin walls where blood may actually seep from the cavernous angioma into the brain area. This may then result in swelling of the brain tissue itself.

Looks like a raspberry


A cavernous angioma is usually described as having an appearance that is like that of a raspberry. This is due to the fact that it is made up of a bubble-like structure that is referred to as a cavern.

A cavernous angioma is estimated to develop in  0.2% of the general population or about one out of every 500 to 600 people. Somewhere between 18 and 19% of the people who have a cavernous angioma have more than one of these abnormal blood vessels.

A cavernous angioma in not uncommon in children. However, signs and symptoms usually start when people are in their 20’s or 30’s.

There may be no signs and symptoms that are brought about by a cavernous angioma. However, over 30% of the people will eventually have signs and symptoms. The severity, type and frequency of the signs and symptoms are usually determined by the location of the cavernous angioma. Signs and symptoms may include:

Spinal cord injury
Headaches on the side of the head that is affected by bleeding
A brain hemorrhage that may be small, but can also be massive with stroke-like signs and symptoms
Epileptic seizure
Neurological loss that may involve balance or vision difficulties, problems with attention and memory or limb weakness
Personality changes that may be startling.

The cause of a cavernous angioma that occurs sporadically is not known. A cavernous angioma may also be familial. In this instance, the disorder is caused by the mutation (defect) of a specific gene that takes place in every cell of your body. While the cause of a sporadic cavernous angioma is unknown, researchers think that acquired genetic mutations develop in just one cell in your body.

Familial cavernous angioma may occur in any family. However, this disorder occurs at a higher rate in Hispanic-American families who trace their heritage back to New Mexico. This prevalence of the disorder in Southwestern Hispanic-American families has resulted from a specific genetic mutation that has been passed through as many as 17 generations.

SSI for your child



If you have a child with a cavernous angioma, you may wonder if that child would qualify for SSI. While a cavernous angioma is not listed in the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments, your child may still qualify for SSI if the cavernous angioma has resulted in complications that have led to the disability of your child.

The best thing to do is to talk to a disability attorney who will evaluate your child’s case. A disability attorney may be the key to your child getting the SSI that they are entitled to.


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