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FDA approval of brain aneurysm device gives Jefferson neurosurgeons another life-saving tool
Date:4/18/2011

PHILADELPHIA The recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a brain aneurysm device has opened the door for neurosurgeons at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN) to offer advanced treatment to patients suffering from large or giant aneurysms who otherwise have limited, effective options.

"With this FDA approval, the team of neurosurgeons here at JHN has a better tool to block and shrink these types of aneurysms, saving lives and vision in some cases," said Fernando Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery at JHN, who performed the procedure using the stent, known as a Pipeline Embolization Device (PED).

PED is a flexible mesh tube made of platinum and nickel-cobalt chromium alloy that blocks off large, giant, or wide-necked aneurysms in the internal carotid artery, a major blood vessel supplying blood to the front of the brain. It also reduces the chance of rupture and eliminates the need for invasive surgery.

Prior to the FDA approval, Dr. Gonzalez used PED under "compassionate-use" exemption to treat four life-threatening aneurysms in a procedure done at JHN, the region's only facility exclusively dedicated to neurology and neurosurgery. Jefferson is the first hospital in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to use the device on a patient.

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Contact: Steve Graff
stephen.graff@jefferson.edu
215-955-5291
Thomas Jefferson University
Source:Eurekalert

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