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Advocate Christ Medical Center Using Glue-Like Liquid to Seal Off Brain Aneurysms
Date:6/20/2008

he advanced tool enables physicians to block off a brain aneurysm that has a wide neck separating it from the main blood vessel and to hold in place wire coils positioned inside the aneurysm. The wire coils facilitate clot formation, thereby stopping blood flow to the aneurysm and reducing the risk of rupture.

Also in 2007, the same team, under Dr. Grobelny's leadership, achieved another "first" for the south and southwest suburbs and for Advocate Heath Care when it filled a patient's potentially lethal brain aneurysm with coils that literally swelled up to eight times their original volume. The coils had been coated with a hydrogen polymer, which, in combination with water from surrounding body tissue, caused the coils to swell and fill the aneurysm.

"The highest technological advancements in minimally invasive brain aneurysm surgery are not simply the domain of university-based medical centers. These advancements are important treatment options available at major teaching hospitals like Advocate Christ Medical Center," Dr. Grobelny stated.

In addition to its expertise in the treatment of brain aneurysms, the Christ Medical Center Neurosciences Institute also is a leader in the treatment of brain vascular malformations and stroke. In fact, last year, the Joint Commission, a national health care accrediting agency, awarded the medical center a two-year certification as a primary stroke center. Certification is given for "exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care," according to the Joint Commission.


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