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New Treatment for Brain Aneurysms
Updated: Monday, July 29 2013, 09:23 PM EDT
A team of surgeons at the Mayfield Clinic at the University of Cincinnati is one of the first in the country to use a breakthrough device to treat brain aneurysms.
It recently made a big difference for a new mom from Maineville.
Lysa Knight is now the proud mother of four healthy children but recently while pregnant with Avery, who is now 7 months old, woke up with some unusual symptoms.
She started off with a headache and the next morning had double vision. She eventually got referred to a team of neurosurgeons.
Her headache was the main concern to Doctor Andrew Ringer who says a tip off that something was terribly wrong was how quickly her symptoms came on.
Imaging studies confirmed what he suspected, Lysa Knight was having complications from a brain aneurysm.
Rather than traditional treatment however to close it off or plug up the aneurysm, Ringer discovered Lysa was a good candidate for a breakthrough treatment using a device called a flow diversion.
Doctors can actually treat the artery that has the aneurysm and redirect the blood flow away from the aneurysm so it doesn't have a chance to bleed.
Without blood flow the aneurysm will then wither and die off.
Which for Lisa Knight means the headaches and vision problems are gone too.