Children with moyamoya disease have a progressive narrowing of the carotid arteries, which feed oxygen-rich blood to the brain. As they narrow, blood flow to the brain is reduced and very serious symptoms can occur, including stroke.
Moyamoya disease requires coordinated care from neurologists, neurosurgeons and other stroke specialists. At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, stroke and rehabilitation specialists from the dedicated Pediatric Stroke Program work in close partnership with the pediatric neurosurgery team to provide comprehensive care for children with moyamoya disease from the time of diagnosis through surgery, rehabilitation therapy and beyond.
A common surgical treatment for moyamoya disease is an indirect bypass. Two common approaches used for this type of brain surgery include pial synangiosis and encephaloduroarteriosynangiosis (EDAS). Neurosurgeons at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have expertise in these surgical procedures.