First ultrasound pediatric brain tumor study launched
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Icklaus Children’s Hospital researchers have performed the first procedure in a pediatric and young adult brain tumor study, using focused ultrasound to remove benign tumors in 10 patients.

Officials said the effort seeks to demonstrate feasibility and safety in eliminating tumors located in the central part of the brain in patients ranging in age from 8 to 22. Researchers maintain that if untreated, the tumors often cause seizures, cognitive delays or other complications as they grow.

The first patient enrolled in the study suffered from debilitating seizures as a result of a hypothalamic hamartoma. After a single focused ultrasound procedure using Insigtec’s Exablate Neuro system, MRI scans revealed complete removal of the tumor. The patient was able to go home the following day, returned to school days later and remains seizure-free.

“Any procedure that is the first of its kind is a bit like launching a space shuttle, but we were confident that focused ultrasound is a perfect match for these types of tumors.” Travis Tierney, neurosurgeon and the trial’s principal investigator, said.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of the Miami Children’s Health System, is a leader in treating pediatric epilepsy, Tierney said, “so to have a new, innovative tool to offer children and families suffering with these seizure-inducing brain tumors is an exciting achievement.”.....

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