Many rare problems can affect blood vessels in the brains of newborns, infants and growing children. Such problems are potentially serious and can be frightening–but most of them can be treated successfully. In taking care of children with vascular conditions, the surgical therapies we most frequently turn to are embolization (a minimally invasive procedure), Gamma Knife radiosurgery (a precise method of delivering radiation), and forms of traditional surgery specifically tailored for each condition.
At Columbia, our treatment team includes not only pediatric neurosurgeons, but also endovascular neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists and pediatricians. Our patients receive all the advantages of a multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists using state-of-the-art equipment.
The most common vascular conditions that we see in children are vascular malformations such as arteriovenous malformation (AVM), cavernous malformation or vein of Galen malformation; moyamoya; hereditary conditions such as Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL); and aneurysm;. Click the links to learn more.
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