Superglue halts bleeding in Olathe baby's brain

Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital have saved an infant with a rare, life-threatening condition by using surgical superglue.

Three-week-old Ashlyn Julian of Olathe was brought in Wednesday with an aneurysm that caused bleeding in her brain. The Kansas City Star reports such bleeding is so unusual in infants that no special, tiny surgical tools are available to treat it.

Doctor Koji Ebersole was wary of opening Ashlyn's skull to operate, so he tried a different approach. He navigated a tiny catheter through her brain, then deposited a bit of sterile, surgical superglue on the blood vessel. The glue dried in seconds and sealed the leaking vessel.

Doctors said they knew of no other cases of an infant brain aneurysm being repaired with the glue.

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