Other, similar brain conditions might benefit from the same approach.
For conditions like these, fetal brain surgery could be the future.
The baby’s condition, known as vein of Galen malformation, was first noticed during a routine ultrasound scan at 30 weeks of pregnancy.
The condition occurs when a vein connects with an artery in the brain.
When the two combine, the high-pressure blood flow from an artery can stretch the thin walls of the vein.
Other parts of the brain can end up being starved of oxygenated blood, causing brain damage, and there’s a risk of bleeding in the brain.
Several teams are attempting to treat the condition before this can happen—while the fetus is still inside the womb. »