Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) is a type of Angiopathy in which amyloid deposits are formed in the walls of blood vessels of the nervous system. It is a component of any disorder in which amyloid is deposited in the brain. This disease is considered as one of the morphologic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms are brain bleeds, drowsiness, seizures, sudden neurologic changes, headache and vomiting.
HOW IS CEREBRAL AMYLOID ANGIOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
An MRI or a CT scan may be conducted by a neurologist to diagnose the condition. These scans will usually show any signs of bleeding in the brain. Also, a physical examination based on the symptoms is usually helpful in pointing out the problem.
HOW IS CEREBRAL AMYLOID ANGIOPATHY TREATED?
There is no known effective treatment for Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms. In some cases, rehabilitation is needed for weakness or clumsiness. This can include physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Possible Complications of Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy are:
• Hydrocephalus (rarely)
• Repeated episodes of bleeding in the brain