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tumors and biomarkers
Edward Smith, MD, co-director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center at Boston Children's, is developing a urine biomarker test for ateriovenous malformations. The test will detect if the brain tumor is coming back, without the need of an imaging visit. Read more

As childhood strokes increase, surgeons aim to reduce risks

National Public Radio tells the story of 13-year-old Maribel Ramos, a girl with moyamoya disease who underwent pial synangiosis, giving her brain a new blood supply.

Medical Mysteries: What did the boy’s echo reveal?

Help solve the diagnostic puzzle of 4-month-old Rolensky of Haiti, whose heart seemed to be failing—yet showed no visible cardiac abnormality. As described in The Boston Globe, the decision to place the echo probe on his head rather than his heart led to the right solution.

Pencil pulled from tot’s head very, very slowly

This unusual accident—in which a pencil penetrated five inches into 20-month-old’s brain, crossing from one end of the skull to the other—demonstrates the power of advanced brain imaging when combined with a neurosurgeon’s steady hand.

A urine test for brain tumors and CVD?

Ed Smith, MD, is seeking “biomarkers” that show up in urine and can be used to tell whether a brain tumor is coming back, without having to bring the child in for imaging. Smith is now extending this research to monitoring moyamoya disease, arteriovenous malformations and more.

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