If a brain aneurysm ruptures it can be deadly or leave a person with permanent neurological problems. Now doctors in New York are testing a new surgical device that can be used on aneurysms that are difficult to reach.
Christine Pampeno found out she had a large aneurysm in her brain after she took a bad fall. The bulge in an artery is pressing on the optic nerve, putting her eyesight in danger. The aneurysm could be life threatening if it ruptures.
So, the 63 year old is about to have an experimental procedure at Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
Doctors reach the brain through an artery in her groin. Then they put a tiny mesh called a Flow Redirection Endoluminal Device - or FRED - across the opening of the aneurysm.
Just by cutting of the blood flow, the clot in the aneurysm dissolves slowly over time and the entire thing shrinks.
Nearly two dozen hospitals across the country plan to test the new aneurysm device. Doctors hope to study about 125 patients.
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