Open and Endovascular Treatment in Detroit
Pediatric neurovascular refers to the blood vessels and nervous system structures in the developing brains of children. It involves the study and medical care related to the vascular (blood vessels) and neurological (nervous system) aspects specific to pediatric patients. Conditions affecting these areas in children may include vascular malformations, tumors, or neurological disorders, and addressing them requires specialized knowledge and care tailored to the unique needs of young patients.
Common pediatric neurovascular diseases include:
- Pediatric Stroke: Occurs when there is a disruption in blood flow to a part of the brain in children.
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): Abnormal connections between arteries and veins.
- Moyamoya Disease/ Syndrome: A rare condition where the blood vessels in the brain narrow and can lead to strokes.
- Pediatric Cerebral Aneurysms: Weak spots in blood vessel walls that can bulge and rupture, causing bleeding in the brain.
- Vascular Tumors/ cavernomas: Tumors that affect blood vessels in the brain, such as hemangiomas and tumor-like malformation like cavernous angiomas/ cavernomas.
- Vein of Galen Malformations: a rare and complex vascular anomaly that occurs in the brain. It is a type of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that involves abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the region of the vein of Galen, a deep cerebral vein.
It’s important to note that these conditions are relatively rare, and proper diagnosis and treatment require specialized care from pediatric neurovascular specialists, which is readily accessible at Pediatric neurosurgery Group through Dr. Arko.
Treatment for pediatric neurovascular diseases
Treatment for pediatric neurovascular diseases depends on the specific condition and its severity. Some common treatment approaches include:
- Surgery: Surgical interventions may be necessary to repair vascular malformations, remove tumors, or address aneurysms. Procedures can vary widely based on the specific condition and requires individualized treatment and pediatric neurovascular expertise.
- Endovascular Therapy: Minimally invasive procedures, such as angiography and embolization, may be used to treat certain neurovascular conditions. medical interventions performed in the blood vessels of children using minimally invasive techniques. The procedures involve accessing and treating the inside of blood vessels through small incisions or natural body openings, such as arteries or veins, without the need for open surgery. These procedures are often guided by fluoroscopy. These procedures are performed through blood vessels, avoiding the need for open surgery. This requires additional training in addition to neurosurgical training and a high level of expertise.
It’s important to consult with a pediatric neurovascular specialist to determine the most appropriate course of action based on the specific diagnosis and individual circumstances of the child. Dr. Arko is happy to see all vascular patients and open for secondary consultations for these rare conditions.