A disease like moyamoya
is so rare it only affects a few hundred children in the world. So few moyamoya cases are reported each year that many hospitals don't have much of a track record or experience in treating the disease, in which the thickening of cerebral arteries reduces blood flow to the brain and require the formation of a network of tiny but weak arteries to provide an 'alternate route' for the blood to reach the brain. These arteries are so small and closely aligned they resemble wisps of smoke on some tests. (Moyamoya means …puff of smoke' in Japanese, hence the disease's name.)
Boston Children's Hospital, however, has been successfully treating kids with moyamoya for two decades using a special procedure developed by Boston Children's researchers and scientists.
As part of a webcast
that will air live at 10 a.m. tomorrow, neurosurgeons from Boston Children's will telecast, an operation on a young moyamoya patient, giving the virtual audience a bedside view of the surgical team's cutting-edge procedure.
In addition to the surgery, the webcast will feature commentary from a panel of experts who will provide insight on moyamoya disease, the procedure Boston Children's developed to treat it and other related topics.
Check out the following video for more details on the webcast, a more in-depth description of moyamoya and a brief interview with Michael Scott, MD,
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children's and a pioneer in the treatment of this rare condition.