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Columbia Aneurysm Specialists Publish Loeys-Dietz Angioplasty Case


Dr. Philip Meyers and Dr. E. Sander Connolly from the Cerebrovascular Center are co-authors* of a case study on Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, published in the January 2014 BMJ Case Reports.

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).

To learn more about Dr. Philip Meyers, see his bio page here.
To learn more about Dr. E. Sander Connolly, see his bio page here.

*Authors include: Kellner CP, Sussman ES, Donaldson C, Connolly ES Jr, Meyers PM.

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