✓In this paper the authors review the literature concerning de novo cavernoma formation after radiation treatment. PubMed and MEDLINE database searches were performed. Data were compiled on all patients in whom de novo cavernomas formed after radiation treatment and whose cases were reported in the literature. The authors found reports in the literature of 76 patients in whom cavernomas formed de novo after radiation treatment. The mean age of the patients was 11.7 years, and the majority of these lesions occurred in males. The patients received a mean radiation dose of 60.45 Gy. The mean latency period before detection of the cavernoma was 8.9 years, and most of these lesions were detected incidentally. In symptomatic patients, the most common presenting symptoms were seizures. Thirty-seven of the patients had evidence of hemorrhage, and 54% of these required surgical intervention.
De novo formation of cavernomas after radiation treatment is a relatively rare phenomenon. Patients in whom these cavernomas develop need to be followed closely because there is a propensity for the lesions to hemorrhage. Surgical intervention to treat symptomatic lesions has a favorable outcome.