Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center | Conditions We Treat

From 2010-2015 alone, the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center has treated more than 650 children, representing the largest pediatric experience with cerebrovascular disease in the world.

Here’s a partial list of the conditions we treat and the stories of a few of the children we’ve cared for. If you don’t see your or your child’s condition here, please ask! No matter how rare the condition, we can very likely treat it.

Bryan was rushed to the emergency room with a bleeding arteriovenous malformation.

Brain arteriovenous malformation
A tangle of abnormally connected arteries and veins.

Moyamoya disease
A thickening and narrowing of the brain’s internal carotid arteries.

Vein of Galen malformations
A rare type of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) deep in the brain that can cause heart failure soon after birth.
These 8-year-old twins had moyamoya disease. An operation at Boston Children’s Hospital called pial synangiosis restored blood flow to their brains – and with it their future.

Cavernous malformation
A berry-like mass consisting of an expanded blood vessel (also called a cavernoma, cavernous hemangioma or occult vascular malformation).

Arteriovenous fistula (AVFs)
An abnormal direct connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillaries. 

Cerebral venous thrombosis
The blockage of a vein or a large venous sinus (channel) by a blood clot.

A prenatal ultrasound found a vein of Galen malformation in Alex’s brain. His parents traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital for his delivery and treatment – guided by a 3D-printed model.

Arterial dissection
A tear along the inside lining of an artery in the head, neck or spine.

Aneurysm
A weak spot in an artery in the brain, causing the vessel wall to bulge outward.  

Arterial ischemic stroke
A brain or spinal cord injury caused by a lack of oxygen, due to blocked blood flow in an artery.