A day in the life of... the surgeon

Updated Tuesday, 22nd April 2003
A surgeon explains what aneurysms are - and how he goes about fixing them.

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Mr Robin Sengupta

Mr Robin Sengupta is a consultant neurosurgeon at the Newcastle General Hospital. He has worked there since coming to the UK from India in 1961. He retired shortly after the programme was made. In the programme we see him carrying out one of his last operations. The operation is on Pauline, who has an aneurysm in her brain. Robin puts a clip on the aneurysm to prevent it from haemorrhaging.

Q. What is an aneurysm?

A . An aneurysm is a localized swelling or widening of an artery. The most common type of aneurysm is in the body’s largest artery, the aorta. Aneurysms can also occur in the brain.

For a more detailed explanation try the NHS Direct Online Encyclopaedia.

For more general information about diseases of and injuries to the brain try these two sites from voluntary organizations.

British Brain and Spine Foundation

Headway: the Brain Injury Association

Other links:
Brain Damage (Online Encyclopedia

Neuralgia (Online Encyclopedia)

Multiple sclerosis (Online Encyclopaedia)

Meningitis (Online Encyclopaedia)

Encephalitis (Online Encyclopaedia)

Subarachnoid haemorrhage (Online Encyclopaedia)

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