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Cortical Calcifying Angiomatosis

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A. CT scan shows coarse calcification. B. MRI shows frontal atrophy. C: Intra-operative leptomeningeal angiomatosis. Courtesy intechopen.com "Epilepsy Surgery in Children" by V. Terra, A, Sakamoto, H. Machado

A. CT scan shows coarse calcification. B. MRI shows frontal atrophy (shrinkage). C: Intra-operative angiomatosis. Courtesy intechopen.com “Epilepsy Surgery in Children” by V. Terra, A Sakamoto, H. Machado

What Is Cortical Calcifying Angiomatosis?

Cortical calcifying angiomatosis is a cortical vascular (brain blood vessel) abnormality that is characterized by calcification of blood vessels and is usually present in the parietal or occipital cortical and subcortical regions of the brain.1

The brain has 2 sides or hemispheres. Each side has 4 lobes, making 8 lobes altogether: 2 frontal lobes behind the forehead, 2 temporal lobes at ear level, 2 occipital lobes make up the rear of the brain, and 2 parietal lobes located behind the frontal lobes and above the temporal lobes.

Q: How do calcifications of blood vessels appear?

A: Calcium deposits are jagged owing to natural crystal formation by calcium, which is a mineral.

What Is Cortical Calcifying Angiomatosis In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Wills AJ. The neurology and neuropathology of celiac disease. Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology. 2000:26:493-496. []