KEM Hospital to offer advanced brain stroke treatment at minimal cost

On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta inaugurated a biplane digital subtraction angiography (DSA) machine that will help in carrying out the procedure

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Soon, Parel’s KEM Hospital will be offering advanced brain stroke treatment that is often out of reach for the poor at nearly one-third of the cost. On Wednesday, the civic-run hospital launched the first public facility in the city.

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With the upgraded facility, the hospital will now also offer the advanced step of treatment called 'thrombectomy', a procedure to remove blood clot from inside an artery or vein. On Wednesday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta inaugurated a biplane digital subtraction angiography (DSA) machine worth ₹8.5 crore will help in carrying out the procedure. Currently, only private hospitals provide all these interventions, which can collectively cost ₹10 lakh or more.

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A stroke can be caused by a blocked artery or by the bursting of a blood vessel in the brain. In 85 per cent of strokes, it is the former (ischemic stroke). In acute cases, doctors say the clock starts ticking as soon as the patient suffers the first symptoms. But in a majority of cases, patients almost always arrive after the first few hours have elapsed

KEM dean Dr Avinash Supe said that BYL Nair Hospital will be the next to get the technology.

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