baby with brain monitor

The history behind the novel hemimegalencephaly procedure

Traditionally, when a baby is diagnosed with hemimegalencephaly (HME), doctors turn to a hemispherectomy at 3 months of age, which involves surgically removing half of a baby’s brain. At Children’s National Hospital, our doctors pioneered the endovascular embolic hemispherectomy, an approach using induced controlled strokes to eliminate the affected part of the brain, halting seizures. Monica Pearl, M.D., neurointerventional radiologist, and Tammy Tsuchida, M.D., Ph.D., neonatal neurologist, talk about this life-changing procedure.