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New Procedure for Treatment of Brain Aneurysms

August 05, 2011

St. Petersburg, FL Northside Hospital announced its first use of a new treatment option for patients with large or giant wide-necked intracranial aneurysms in the internal carotid artery. Dr. Nasser Razack, an interventional neuroradiologist at Northside Hospital, is the first physician in West Central Florida to perform this procedure using the Pipeline® Embolization Device.

A brain aneurysm, also called a cerebral or intracranial aneurysm, is an abnormal bulging outward of one of the arteries in the brain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), brain aneurysms can occur at any age although they are slightly more common in women than men. It is estimated that up to one in 15 people in the United States will develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetime. The Pipeline Device is a new class of embolization device, which is designed to diminish the amount of blood that is fed to an aneurysm, thereby eliminating its ability to grow and potentially rupture, while not harming the main vessel.

“The Pipeline Device may offer improved patient results with a safe and effective treatment of large or giant, wide-necked aneurysms, which until now has been an unmet clinical need,” said Dr. Razack, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital.  “The significance of having a device that can divert blood flow away from an aneurysm may change how these types of aneurysms are treated.” 

The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital encompasses a full range of services for the prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. Our Board Certified neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologist provide high level quality care typically found only at an academic medical center. The Neuroscience Institute provides support and education to both patients and their families as they undergo treatment. Our approach gives new hope to patients struggling with health conditions that affect the brain, spine, and nervous system, such as stroke, aneurysm, epilepsy, and brain tumors.  Northside Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and has earned the Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care from the American Heart Association.

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