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Brain; Pediatrics

Moyamoya disease and syndrome: Knowing the difference can prevent a stroke

Moyamoya disease and moyamoya syndrome both reduce blood flow to the brain, increasing the risk of stroke. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the difference between the two conditions, how we treat them, and how to reduce your risks.

Brain; Cancer

Gamma Knife gives brain cancer patients access to top team and technology

Successful outcomes in Gamma Knife radiosurgery require a team approach – and a lot of quality checks. Neurosurgeon Toral Patel, M.D., discusses the process in this week's MedBlog.

Brain; Cancer

A story of Hope and teamwork: Facing a brain tumor at age 24

When an SMU grad student learned she had a 2-inch brain tumor in her right frontal lobe that was causing seizures, she turned to the team of neurosurgery and epilepsy specialists at UT Southwestern's Peter O'Donnell Brain Institute to give her a second chance at life.

Brain; Cancer

Glowing tumors: How fluorescence helps neurosurgeons fight brain cancer

UT Southwestern's neurosurgery team recently performed the first two fluorescence-guided brain tumor removals in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, using an advanced technology that makes the cancer cells glow so it is easier to see and remove them. Kalil Abdullah, M.D., led the surgery team and discusses the effect of this advanced treatment for glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor.

Brain; Pediatrics

5-year-old boy is seizure-free a year after advanced epilepsy surgery

Born 16 weeks early, Jordan's health defied the odds. But at age 4, he started having back-to-back seizures – as many as 50 a day. See how team-based care and precision epilepsy surgery gave Jordan his life back, free from seizures.

Brain; Pediatrics; Your Pregnancy Matters

Brain tumor surgery with quadruplets on the way: Katie's extra-complex pregnancy

Katie Sturm was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor while she was pregnant with quadruplets. She had surgery at UT Southwestern and later delivered her four sons during a pandemic. Read her amazing story on the Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Brain; COVID; Heart

Are stroke sufferers silent victims of COVID-19?

COVID-19 fear and isolation is keeping patients with stroke symptoms from coming to the ER until it’s too late. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the crisis in this MedBlog.

Brain

4 major advancements in brain surgery since 2000

Since 2000, brain surgery technology and techniques have evolved to improve patient outcomes. In this week’s MedBlog, Sam Barnett, M.D., discusses what he considers to be the top four advancements in brain tumor care over the last two decades.

Brain; Women's Health

What women need to know about common benign brain tumors

Women are at higher risk for benign brain tumors than men – but why? In this week’s blog, neurosurgeon Toral Patel, M.D., discusses what we do and don’t know about benign brain tumors, as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Learn more.

Back and Spine

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Shaleen Vira

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Shaleen Vira has dual faculty appointments – in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery – and he is also Director of Spine Surgery Research. He leads multidisciplinary efforts to develop ways to make spine surgery safer and more effective. He practices spine care at UT Southwestern in Frisco, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.