Oct 24, 2019

Affected health domains in patients with brainstem cavernous malformations

Acta neurochirurgica
Shivram KumarKelly D Flemming


Brainstem cavernous malformations (CM) carry high risks of hemorrhage and neurologic morbidity. While much is published on physical effects of brainstem CM, very little is known about these patients' quality of life. This study aimed to assess the quality of life PROMIS-29 health domains of brainstem CM patients and identify quality of life predictors. This was a cross-sectional study of adult patients with at least one brainstem CM identified by advertising on the Angioma Alliance website and from our institutional CM registry. A web-based questionnaire was administered and included self-reported information about the patient, cavernous malformation, residual clinical symptoms, and treatment. In addition, patients filled out the PROMIS-29 (version 1.0). The PROMIS-29 has 7 health domains and is standardized against the general population. We defined impaired quality of life as at least one out of 7 abnormal domains and used a 1 standard deviation cutoff for abnormal. We verified clinical and radiographic data to self-reported data in 28.8% of patients. A total of 104 patients (mean age of 46.5 ± 11.5 years; 77.9% females) were recruited. Most (82.7%) reported at least one symptomatic hemorrhagic event and 36.5% reported at lea...Continue Reading

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Cerebral Cavernous Malformations 2
Cross-Sectional Studies
Clinical Trials
General Population
Brain Stem
Operative Surgical Procedures

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