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International Vasospasm 2011 conference could be springboard for treatment guidelines
Date:6/21/2011

Cerebrovascular experts from around the world will gather in Cincinnati next month to discuss the science and clinical management of vasospasm, a dreaded, life-threatening complication of subarachnoid hemorrhage, while working toward an ambitious goal. They hope to generate the first set of guidelines in neurocritical care for the treatment of patients who have suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding stroke.

The UC Department of Neurosurgery, UC Neuroscience Institute and Mayfield Clinic will host Vasospasm 2011: The 11th International Conference on Neurovascular Events after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, July 21-23, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

Mario Zuccarello, MD, Chairman and Frank H. Mayfield Professor of the neurosurgery department, and Joe Clark, PhD, a professor in the neurology department, are the event's co-chairs. The conference is sponsored by the Mayfield Education and Research Foundation.

Vasospasm (pronounced VAY-zoh-spasm) is a sudden spasm of a blood vessel, a phenomenon that occurs frequently after a ruptured aneurysm. When blood flows from the aneurysm into the subarachnoid space, a narrow, protective membrane around the brain, a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) has occurred. Irritation resulting from the SAH can cause a nearby blood vessel to go into spasm and constrict. The closing down of the vessel, which can be likened to an open palm clenching into a fist, can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

Vasospasm remains mysterious and frustrating to doctors, who as yet have no optimal clinical management strategy. "Although improvements in neurocritical care have allowed us to make strides in managing vasospasm during the last few decades," Zuccarello says, "we remain firmly committed to finding effective new treatments. Vasospasm is a clear and obvious target because it is the leading, potentially treatable cause of death and disability following an aneurysm rupture."

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Contact: Cindy Starr
cstarr@mayfieldclinic.com
513-558-3505
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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