Surgeons at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago have documented the first use of a blood vessel from the abdomen to treat a blocked artery in the brain. The case study was published in the December issue of Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques.
The case involved a 49-year old man with a history of hypertension and heart disease and a blocked artery in the brain. The patients doctors were Dr. Constantine T. Frantzides, professor of surgery and director of the minimally invasive surgery program at Rush and Dr. R. Lawrence Ferguson, a neurosurgeon at Rush and the Chicago Institute for Neuroresearch and Neurosurgery.
Surgeons usually use a blood vessel from the leg to avoid this blockage and restore blood flow, but the procedure involves two invasive surgeries -- one to remove the blood vessel in the leg and the other to graft it into the brain.
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