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Jun 8, 2017 · Small Vessel Disease in the Brain & Cavernous Malformation in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

Hi group- my little sister (well I suppose 34yrs old isn’t “little”) received a diagnosis of “small brain vessel disease” just this morning after months of headaches, numerous trips to the ER, trying multiple medications, a referral for a sleep study and finally she demand an MRI. The MRI was completed last Thursday and she received the call today that it’s not a tumor (her worst fear), but rather “small brain vessel disease”. I’ve read just about all the posts on this thread and I’m confused. Is this the actual medical name for this diagnosis?, I hear various posters calling it different things. She lives right in Rochester and I’ve suggested that she schedule a second opinion at Mayo but she doesn’t want to go thru another MRI.

I guess I’m reaching out for info? suggestions? I’m not even really sure..what multiple doctors have been calling stress seems to be something much more devastating.