Monday, February 11, 2013

Ommaya reservoir

Lynn just came out of surgery to insert an ommaya reservoir.  The doctor said that everything went well.  Amazingly, despite having an object insert into the middle of her brain, this is considered a routine surgery.  As with any surgery, the greatest concern is infection with no more than 1.5% of such complications.

This device will allow doctors to administer chemotherapy drugs right into the brain.  Not only will this allow preclude the necessity of painful spinal taps, it will also administer the drugs directly to the location at which the cerebrospinal fluid is produced.  Hopefully, this will allow the medicine to be more widely distributed.

Very cool stuff!  We continue to be very grateful for the medical miracles that are employed to Lynn's benefit.

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