Neurosurgical treatment for children with rare conditions such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), arteriovenous fistulas, and cavernous malformations is provided by Dr. Michael Lawton, Director of UCSF Neurological Surgery's Cerebrovascular Disorders Program. Dr Lawton has fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull-base surgery, and has received international recognition for work he has developed at the Barrow Neurological Institute and at UCSF.
Conventional neurosurgery and state-of-the-art technologies to evaluate and treat vascular disorders are available at UCSF, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery techniques. The treatment of childhood cerebrovascular disorders often involves a multidisciplinary team consisting of a neurosurgeon, an interventional neuroradiologist, and a radiation therapist. Interventional capabilities for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms and AVMs include neuroradiologic embolization, cerebrovascular bypass and revascularization procedures. Cortical mapping of the brain is used during surgery to identify and avoid injury to sites of language, motor, and sensory function.
Neurosurgical Care at UCSF Children's Hospital