We are Cavernoma Alliance UK
Founded in 2005, our aim is to provide support and information for all those affected by cavernoma including friends, family, carers and professionals.
With over 3500 members in the UK and worldwide, the charity aims to raise awareness of this relatively unknown condition throughout the general public as well as the medical community.
What is a cavernoma?
A cavernoma is made up of abnormal blood vessels and can be found in the brain and/or spinal cord and looks like a raspberry.
1 person in 625, in the UK, has a brain cavernoma without symptoms (asymptomatic). This equates to roughly 108,000 people – enough to more than fill Wembley Stadium. A spinal cavernoma is rarer than a brain cavernoma.
In this video, hear clinicians and members talking about their experiences of cavernoma.
What our members say...
A world without CAUK doesn’t bear thinking about!
CAUK are proud to be one of over 50 charities that have come together to voice concerns over access to mental health services for those
‘How to successfully manage tinnitus with cavernoma’ 19:30 – 20:30 BST, Wednesday 25th of October 2023 Mr Edmund Farrar Do you suffer from tinnitus as
In case you didn’t already know, you can stream CAUK webinars at your leisure via our YouTube channel!
We’ve recently uploaded our Youtube channel with multiple recordings from this summer’s CAUK Annual Forum. You can now enjoy a range of lectures by expert guest speakers from around the world on a number of cavernoma-related topics.
“I knew my body better than anyone else. I learned to keep asking questions and always get a 2nd opinion.” Jac’s Cavernoma Story
My name is Jac Sinnott and I’m 39 years old. My cavernoma was located near my thalamus. I was diagnosed in July 2021 after hospitalisation following a bleed. I presented myself to the hospital with persistent symptoms which a couple of different GP practices said were migraines. Initially, my local hospital didn’t know what was causing my symptoms and it took a long time to get answers, especially as we were still in lockdown due to the pandemic.
My most recent symptoms appeared in late June 2021 and they presented as pins and needles down my left side as well as weakness and numbness on that side. I also had visual disturbances. Each episode would last for 30 minutes to an hour.
Join Dr Shelley Stevens to discuss the gut-cavernoma connection, the impact of emulsifiers & more!
Dr Stevens is a toxicologist, and, being a mother of a child with brainstem cavernoma, Dr. Stevens has a special interest in the gut-cavernoma connection.
Join host Steve Cairns as he talks about the changing face of Neuro Rehab and his case study with a Multiple Cavernoma patient.
We are delighted to announce that a consortium, led by CAUK medical advisor Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman and comprising of a number of leading clinicians and patient advocacy organisation leaders – including David White of CAUK – has been awarded a grant to initiate the planning of an international ‘platform trial’ to test multiple potential cavernoma medications at a time.
We are delighted to report that the team at Kings College Hospital London has recently recruited its first two participants for the trial, with one patient randomised for ‘active treatment’ and the other randomised for ‘conservative management’. In equally exciting news, the team at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield have recruited their sixth participant!