Doctors perform Galen’s vein embolization procedure on 1-year-old child


A microcatheter was introduced from the groin through the internal carotid artery and delivered to the site of malformation

A one-year-old girl from Yemen has been successfully operated on for an extremely rare condition called ‘vein of Galen malformation’, an abnormality of the blood vessels inside the brain. A Vein of Galen’s Malformation (VOGM) is a type of rare birth defect of the cerebral blood vessels. In VOGM, twisted arteries in the brain connect directly to veins, instead of connecting to capillaries, which helps slow blood flow.

Dr Bhaskar MV, Chief Interventional Neuro-Radiologist, SPARSH Hospital, said: “A team of doctors treated the baby girl with an advanced minimally invasive neuro-interventional procedure called ‘Galen’s Vein Malformation Embolization’. an advanced and delicate procedure to stop the rapid flow of blood circulating in the vein of galien. A microcatheter was introduced from the groin through the internal carotid artery (an artery in the neck that supplies blood to the brain) and was brought to the point of malformation. A high-concentration glue is then injected through the catheter to the site of the malformation under the guidance of fluoroscopy in the catheterization laboratory. The glue adheres to it and prevents high blood flow in the vein.”

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