Doctors have operated on the brain of a growing baby to treat a rare condition called Vein of Galen Malformation (VoGM). VOGM is an abnormality related to the blood vessels. According to reports, this problem occurs when the brain artery directly connects with the vein. Due to this, the blood flow is abnormal and the newborn may have congestive heart failure and the blood pressure in the arteries from the heart to the lungs may increase.
This surgery was performed by surgeons from Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A surgical technique called embolization was used for the surgery. Details related to the surgery have been published in the journal Stroke and it is said that the surgery was successful and the abnormality was corrected. According to a Science Alert report, the baby was born after surgery and is doing well, not taking any medication. His diet is normal and his weight is increasing. The child has returned home. There is no negative sign in his brain after surgery.
An abnormality called VOGM affects one in 60,000. When blood flow is abnormal, the brain’s arteries connect directly to veins instead of cells. Due to this, many types of harmful effects are seen in the child after birth. According to the doctor, many harmful effects can be seen in this situation. 50 to 60 percent of children affected by this condition become ill soon after birth and the mortality rate is 40 percent.
The surgery was performed when the fetus was more than 34 weeks old. In a technique called embolization used by doctors, a special material, such as a clotting agent, is placed into a vein. It helps in blood clotting and prevents it from flowing. The baby was born prematurely because of the operation. After birth, his brain and heart are working properly. The baby was born prematurely and was kept in the NICU for a few weeks.