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April 2005
Volume 2, Issue 1
MGH Neurosurgical Society Alumni News







"It is an exciting time in the management of neurovascular
disease. With development of new endovascular techniques
for the treatment of neurovascular disease, the MGH Aneurysm - AVM Center remains at the forefront."

Christopher S. Ogilvy, MD


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The endovascular service performed 875 procedures of which 420 were neurovascular interventions.

The Center produces newsletters throughout the year to update community physicians regarding activities and new treatments available at the center.

An annual cerebrovascular meeting is held, with emphasis every third to fourth year on an international meeting to discuss new treatment options for neurovascular disease.

In other years the meeting is geared toward local physicians and emergency room physicians, to help identify patients appropriate for acute interventions at tertiary care centers.

The Center is actively involved with national and international studies including the International Study of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms, Familial Intracranial Aneurysms, and national protocols regarding the use of interventional devices.

A monthly neurovascular support group has been instrumental in assisting patients and families in the understanding of their neurovascular disease and treatment options.

This support group has been a great success

and has been emulated at other institutions. Patients from throughout the New England area attend the support group to obtain more information about their disease.

The Aneurysm/AVM Center has also been involved in aneurysm awareness for the community. The definition and recognition of signs and symptoms of intracranial aneurysm have been the main targets of an annual aneurysm awareness week which concludes with a symposium that is free and

which raise money to help in the support and education of patients and their families.

It is an exciting time in the management of neurovascular disease. With development of new endovascular techniques for the treatment of neurovascular disease, the MGH Aneurysm/AVM Center remains at the forefront of studies involved with the design and trial of these techniques in appropriately chosen neurovascular patients.

open to the public. The MGH Aneurysm/AVM Neurovascular Center has strong ties to the national Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The Foundation was formed and is run by aneurysm patients and their families.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hosts fundraising events such as an annual "Arterial Challenge" road race as well as other activities

The continued collaboration of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology makes it possible to offer patients the full gambit of treatment options for a given neurovascular problem.

For information about the work being done at MGH contact Dr. Christopher S. Ogilvy, 55 Fruit Street, VBK710
Boston, MA 02114

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