What is my childs prognosis now that the moyamoya disease has been diagnosed?
Our data suggest that the patient’s prognosis is very definitely linked to clinical status at the time the diagnosis is first made and when surgical treatment is instituted. Many of the authors who write about moyamoya feel that prognosis is linked to age at diagnosis, but I don’t believe that this indicator is a strictly accurate one. For example, if a three year-old child is diagnosed with the disease, we have found that the youngster’s ultimate outcome is dependent on whether there have been strokes in both sides of the brain and how badly impaired the child when the diagnosis is first made and treated by surgery. A young child’s prognosis seems to be just the same as an older youngster with a similar scan and clinical history, in other words.