MUSC neurosurgeons have
been selected to offer a new and effective treatment to patients
suffering from complex brain aneurysms. The recently FDA-approved
technology, called the Pipeline Embolization Device, gives physicians
the ability to treat some of the most complex and dangerous brain
aneurysms with the use of minimally invasive techniques.
The Pipeline Embolization Device, shown inserted in a weakened blood vessel of the brain, gives physicians the ability to treat some of the most complex aneurysms.
"The Pipeline Embolization Device
allows us to treat life-threatening brain aneurysms that were otherwise
difficult or untreatable," said MUSC Comprehensive Stroke and
Cerebrovascular Program co-director Raymond D. Turner IV, M.D. "Large
and giant brain aneurysms are a rare, but often fatal problem that had
no good treatment. At MUSC, we now have that ability to treat these
patients and save their lives."
MUSC is the only center in
South Carolina and one of 10 in the nation doing the procedure.
The device, about the size of a dime.
The treatment is focused on
reconstruction of the weak blood vessel harboring the brain aneurysm.
The Pipeline Device may offer improved patient results with a safe and
effective treatment of large, wide-necked aneurysms, which until now
has been an unmet clinical need. It is estimated that one in 50
Americans have a brain aneurysm, an abnormal ballooning of a portion of
an artery in the brain due to a weakened blood vessel wall.