In their paper, Cerebral arterial angioplasty in a patient with Loeys-Dietz syndrome, the authors tell the harrowing journey of a 14 year old boy with this syndrome.
“Loeys-Dietz is a rare connective tissue disorder associated with aneurysm formation,” says Dr. Meyers, senior author of the paper. “Brain aneurysms are ordinarily very uncommon in children; however, this child suffered a serious hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm. He nearly died. At the worst point, he probably had a 1-20% chance of surviving.”
Today the boy is in recovery. He is back home with his mom and busy again with school, thanks to a technically-challenging and ground-breaking method of treatment performed by the team at Columbia University Medical Center.
Read more about this case online here or in BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Jan 6;2014(jan06_1).
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