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News Release Date : 09/28/2012

New Brain Aneurysm Treatment Supplies Hope

St. Mary's of Michigan now has a device to treat patients with aneurysms once deemed untreatable. One of only three hospitals in Michigan, St. Mary's is the first hospital north of Detroit to perform the new Pipeline procedure.

Until now, aneurysms have been primarily treated by two methods: an open surgical procedure or by ‘coiling,' but only 15 to 20 percent of aneurysms were able to be treated with these methods.

Aneurysms occur when blood vessel walls weaken, causing them to balloon out. The cause can be genetic or the result of vascular conditions such as high blood pressure. If the aneurysm bursts, it could lead to a stroke.

The Pipeline device offers patients with wide neck or giant aneurysms a chance to have their aneurysm treated with a minimally invasive procedure. The Pipeline is placed to precisely expand and cover over the neck or opening of the aneurysm. Its braided walls diminish the flow of blood into the aneurysm, sealing it off while still allowing blood to flow freely through the healthy part of the artery; blocking the aneurysm's ability to expand or rupture. The Pipeline allows all the blood vessels in the area to remain functional.

An estimated 6 million people in the United States (about one in 50) have a brain aneurysm. Some 25,000 to 30,000 people every year experience hemorrhages from a burst aneurysm; about 40 percent do not survive.

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