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article imageBiden Does Not Release Brain Scans

By Carolyn E. Price     Oct 21, 2008 in Politics
In 1988 Joe Biden had two separate brain surgeries to correct aneurysms in the arteries that supplies blood to both the right and the left side of his brain. One report says that those aneurysms "nearly killed him".
Bident had two aneurysm operations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one in February and the other in May. At that time, Joe Biden was 45-year-old. Today, just over 20 years later, Biden is running for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Barack Obama. An aneurysm is a weak balloon-like bulge that occurs in an artery that supplies blood to your brain. Biden returned to the Senate seven months after the
Biden's medical records were released today, but there were no brain scans included with the records that were released.
The health of the candidate running for President of the United States for the Republican Party, Senator John McCain, has been brought up repeatedly and complete records for all the candidates were supposed to be released. It is being reported that experts believe that it is necessary to see a scan of Senator Biden's brain in order to assess whether he is at risk for a repeat of those brain aneurysms he suffered from in 1988. However, the records that were released by the Obama campaign show that none of Biden's doctors ever gave any indication that they followed up with any further scans.
Dr. Mark Alberts, is a professor of neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He says:
If this was my patient, I would re-image every three to five years to make sure no new aneurysm had cropped up.
So, conceivably, there should be at least four or five scans in the records and at least one from the last year or so.
Another neurointerventional radiologist, this one from Washington Hospital Center, believes that it is unlikely that this many years later Senator Biden would suffer from another aneurysm. However, after reviewing portions of the Biden records released today, Dr. William O. Bank believes that "If he were my patient, I'd recommend one."
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