Editors: John E. Wanebo, MD, FACS; Nadia Khan, MD; Joseph M. Zabramski, MD; and Robert F. Spetzler, MD
: Thieme – 199 pages
Book Review by
: Nano Khilnani

Moyamoya disease is a relatively recently-discovered disease (in Japan in 1969 by Jiro Suzuki and Akira Takaku) and a rare one, wherein the blood vessels in the brain, particularly in the base of the skull, gradually get occluded, create complications for patients, and can lead to death.

This book, along with the animations and videos of surgical techniques provided for you online at www.MediaCenter.thieme.com can equip you with the specific information and guidance for treating your patients inflicted with moyamoya disease. The book and the website provide you the know-how on diagnosing, imaging, cognitive evaluation, and surgical options available for your patients, both adults and children.

To access the online information, scratch off the panel found in the box (on one of the beginning pages of this book) to get the access code. Then enter the access code on the website address given above as you register there.

A lot of detailed information provided by 44 specialists in different parts of the world was compiled by the editors.  It was edited and organized, and is presented to you in this valuable book in text and graphics, in 19 chapters of this book, which are organized into three sections:

  1. Diagnosing Moyamoya Angiopathy: Definition, Classifications, Symptomatology
  2. Treatment Options: Medical, Endovascular, Perioperative, and Surgical Management
  3. Regional Long-term Experience with Cerebral Revascularization

Among its valuable items of knowledge, these are the key features available to purchasers of this book:

  • Online access to videos and animations, narrated by Dr. Wanebo, demonstrating surgical techniques discussed in the book
  • Written and edited by world-renowned experts at Barrow Neurological Institute  at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, and other centers of excellence focused on moyamoya in North America, Asia, and Europe
  • Covers these dynamic topics in moyamoya disease: cortical micrvasculature, genetics, neuropsychological evaluation, and endovascular therapy.
  • Contains detailed illustrations and descriptions of technical aspects of treatment such as the direct and indirect methods of revascularization

This is an excellent resource for neurologists and neurosurgeons caring for patients with moyamoya disease. The editors have provided a very valuable service with the publication of this unique book that deals with this rare disease.

John E. Wanebo, MD, FACS is Director of the Barrow Moyamoya Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona; Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Associate Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Nadia Khan, MD is Associate Professor and Head of Moyamoya Center in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.

Joseph M. Zabramski, MD is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Aeizona; and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Scottsdale Health Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Robert F. Spetzler, MD is Director and J.N. Harbor Chair of Neurological Surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

List of Videos
Video 1: Animation of Arterial Wall Pathology in Moyamoya Disease
Video 2: Animation of Collateral Circulation Development in Moyamoya Disease
Video 3: Parietal Branch STA Harvest
Video 4: EDAs without Pial Sutures
Video 5: EDAs with Pial Sutures
Video 6: EDAs with Rotated MMA and Dural Inversion
Video 7: Direct STA-MCA Bypass with Continuous Sutures
Video 8: Direct STA-MCA Bypass with Interrupted Sutures
Video 9: ICG Angiogram of STA-MCA Bypass
Video 10: EEG Changes During Direct Bypass
Video 11: EDMAPS Combined Direct and Indirect Bypass
Video 12: OA-PCA Anastomosis for Pediatric Moyamoya Disease

A short video on moyamoya disease by Dr. John Wanebo of the Barrow Neurological Institute   can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cXrabknxI