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Moyamoya disease is a rare condition in which the walls of the carotid arteries thicken and the arteries narrow, restricting or blocking the blood flow to the brain. Moyamoya disease is progressive, which means that the vessels will continue to narrow over time, and affects mostly children and adolescents. Moyamoya disease can cause episodes of weakness, paralysis in a limb or on one side of the body, sensory impairment, involuntary movements, headaches, speech problems, dizziness, or seizures. The disease also carries the risk of mental retardation and sustained neurological problems.
HOW IS MOYAMOYA DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
MRI and CT scans and a cerebral angiogram are some of the tests that would be performed by a neurologist to help diagnose this disorder. These scans and tests would help to show the narrowing of the blood vessels. A transcranial Doppler ultrasound might be used to show the blood flow in the blood vessels of the neck
HOW IS MOYAMOYA DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment for the same includes a variety of surgery that helps in restoring the blood flow and is known as revascularization. In most cases these children usually respond better to these surgeries as compared to older people.
DID YOU KNOW?
This rare blood disorder mostly occurs in children especially those from Japan and Asian countries.