Rare surgery to treat child suffering from moyamoya disease

Amman, A neurosurgery team at the Al Hussein Medical Centre have successfully conducted the first operation to treat a seven-year-old child suffering from Moyamoya disease.

Moyamoya disease is a disease in which certain arteries in the brain are constricted, causing blockage of the blood flow, and also by blood clots (thrombosis).

“The disease leads to narrowing of the arteries, especially the arteries that supply the front of the brain with blood, which works to gradually and continuously change the frontal blood circulation of the brain, causing brain strokes due to ischemia, especially in children,” said neurologist Nidal al-Khasawneh.

Dr. Khasawneh said that the medical team transferred the temporal artery and placed it directly on the surface of the brain to form a new blood supply, and re-perfusion, to prevent the nervous deterioration of the child as a result of repeated strokes.

He explained that moyamoya is a Japanese term that means “puff of smoke” that appears in the radial image of the patient’s brain.

Source: Jordan News Agency