KENYA – Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) has conducted the first-ever endovascular neurosurgery on a patient who had suffered a brain aneurysm.

The surgery was preceded by a state-of-the-art scan known as a digital subtraction angiogram (DSA) which is the gold standard for diagnosing cerebral aneurysms.

A brain aneurysm presents with stroke-like syndromes. It is a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain. It can leak or rupture causing bleeding in the brain. In the case at KUTRRH, the patient had leakage on the right and also the left side of the brain.

The first operation addressed the clots on the left celebrum after a period the medical team remove the clots on the left side and the patient recovered successfully.

The medical team comprised Dr Daniel Kanyatta as the lead neurosurgeon assisted by Dr Abdi Fatah Khalif. Dr Isaac Adembesa was the anesthesiologist, Solomon Chege -was the Cath Lab manager, Peterson Okerio, Ms Beatrice Wanjiku and Oscar Imbai.

According to Dr Kanyatta, the challenge with patients with cerebral aneurysm is that the treatment centres are only found in Nairobi leaving patients in far-out areas challenged for treatment.

He says KUTRRH is working on investing in more advanced and modern neurosurgery procedures as found in the more developed countries and with time the hospital shall be conducting very delicate surgeries that have been seeing patients travel abroad and spending astronomical amounts of money.

The management and medics at KUTRRH have their sights on reducing the need for Kenyans to travel abroad for health services by ensuring that virtually all health services and facilities are available at KUTRRH and putting in place systems that reduce the waiting time for patients.

Renal DTPA scan now available at KUTRRH

KUTRRH has launched the Renal DTPA scan to be conducted at KUTRRH’s Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre (IMIC).

It is a process for diagnosis and evaluation of the kidneys’ functioning. It involves the intravenous administration of radiopharmaceutical material to assess the drainage pattern of kidneys and to find out if any area is not functioning properly.

This is a unique technology at KUTRRH that takes multiple images of the kidney with a gamma camera which increases the accuracy and precision of diagnosis and analyses the renal functioning.

The scan is performed on an outpatient basis on every first and second week of the month, the process usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. The patient will be asked to clear the bladder before the process begins.

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