by Tom Smith, HA Adult Services and Outreach Coordinator
A congressional hearing was held yesterday in front of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights discussing research and treatments for hydrocephalus that could benefit children around the world. Benjamin Warf, MD, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA was on the panel of experts testifying in front of the committee.
‘Hydrocephalus Treatment in Uganda: Leading the Way to Help Children’ discusses Dr. Warf’s innovative technique of combining Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) with Endoscopic Choroid Plexus Cauterization (CPC), which, as the name suggests, involves cauterizing parts of the Choroid Plexus, the tissue that produces Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF).
Every year Dr. Warf travels to Africa to donate his time providing treatment to children living with hydrocephalus. While doing so, he developed his technique in order to provide treatment that avoids shunt-dependence in the patient, as serial shunt revision is simply not an option for most people living in under-developed countries.
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