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December 30th, 2012

Surgery to treat epilepsy leaves woman seizure-free

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Carla HuelsmannCarla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. Occasionally, she experienced slurred speech and lost her train of thought.

Although she disliked having the disease, medication helped keep her seizures to a minimum and allowed Huelsmann to do many of the things she wanted. She attended college, got married and welcomed a daughter, Kelsey.

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Tags: Carla Huelsmann, Epilepsy, Matthew Clark PhD, seizure

December 30th, 2012

Multifocal motor neuropathy

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Cecilia VangorpCecilia Van Gorp woke one morning to find that she had lost movement in her right hand.

"I immediately called the doctor, fearing I had had a stroke," says Van Gorp.

A visit with her doctor ruled out a stroke. Several appointments with specialists and numerous tests followed, but didn't bring her any closer to a diagnosis.

As the weeks passed, Van Gorp's right hand would sometimes clench up, then eventually release. The muscles in her arm were beginning to atrophy, and she was losing strength in other limbs as well.

Finally, a specialist suggested that Van Gorp might have ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He offered to refer her to an ALS specialist at Mayo Clinic or another medical facility. She chose Mayo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Cecilia Van Gorp, Dr. Brian Crum, Matthew Clark PhD, Multifocal Motor Neuropathy

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