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How long do people with moyamoya disease normally live?

How long do people with moyamoya disease normally live?

Depends.: Adults with moya moya disease can live normal life spans depending on how severe the presentation is, which is usually a stroke. As long as there aren't severe or frequent strokes, there can be a reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is moyamoya a congenital disease?

Is moyamoya a congenital disease?

YES: Moyamoya disease is generally a congenital disease affecting the arteries of the brain causing them to gradually occlude. Fortunately, collaterals develop to supply blood to critical areas of the brain. These vessels can be frail and are prone to bleeding - which can cause a stroke. ...Read more

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In Moyamoya disease, what is meant by "intimal thickening"? Are the cells proliferating, or are they just growing larger without division?

In Moyamoya disease, what is meant by "intimal thickening"? Are the cells proliferating, or are they just growing larger without division?

Proliferating: They appear to be proliferating at an increased rate leading to narrowing and eventual blockage of the artery. May be an association with an abnormality in Ring Finger Protein 213 (RNF 213) gene according to what I was able to research. See link below for info on function of the gene. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/57674 Hope this was helpful. Dr R ...Read more

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Are there surgeons who specialize in treating moyamoya disease?

Are there surgeons who specialize in treating moyamoya disease?

Yes: Neurovascular and pediatric neurosurgeons are often involved in the surgical care of patients with moyamoya. ...Read more

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Is the artery wall thickening that occurs in moyamoya disease the same as the the thickening in atherosclerosis?

Is the artery wall thickening that occurs in moyamoya disease the same as the the thickening in atherosclerosis?

NO: In Moyamoya disease the inner layer of the inner layer of the carotid artery overgrows and fills the artery, eventually closing it off. But this is not like atherosclerosis where the walls of arteries are damaged, leading to deposition of cholesterol and white blood cells. Both can cause strokes, but Moyamoya is seen in younger adults or even children! An angiogram shows the difference. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for moyamoya?

Is there a cure for moyamoya?

Moyamoya: Treatment is surgical. Consult a neuro-surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for moyamoya?

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Is there a permanent cure for moyamoya?

No: Moyamoya disease does not have a cure, though there are some measures to prevent stroke that may slow disease progression and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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I know there is a treatment but is there any cure for moyamoya?

I know there is a treatment but is there any cure for moyamoya?

Moya Moya: Moya moya is a disorder of blood vessels that leads to poor circulation and high risk of stroke. There is not really a cure for the disease yet there are several surgical treatments that can help with the blood circulations. Medical management also remains an important option but a cure is still awaiting. ...Read more