Doctors treat moyamoya with surgery to bring new blood supply to the brain. Your child’s team at Seattle Children’s will also recommend steps to help reduce risk of stroke.
Children come here from across the country for surgery called pial synangiosis (PEE-ul sin-an-JOE-sis) to improve blood flow to their brain. Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen performs many of these operations every year on babies, children and teens.
Pial synangiosis is a type of revascularization surgery. It creates a way for more blood to get to the brain. Neurosurgeons free part of the superficial temporal artery (STA) from your child’s scalp. Then they open your child’s skull and attach the artery onto the surface of their brain. New vessels grow from the artery down into the brain and increase blood flow to the area.
Read more about moyamoya, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at Seattle Children’s.