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Oct 17, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Diagnosis and Treatment of Chiari Malformation Spurs Nikki Prins to Reach Out to Others

Nikki Prins enjoying time outdoors.Oct. 23, 2015, is a date that Nikole Prins will always remember. It’s the day she finally learned the reason for the bizarre symptoms she had been dealing with for more than half her life. Nikki precisely recalls the time she heard the news. It was 1:24 in the afternoon when her doctor called with the results of an MRI she had the previous day.

“I was diagnosed with Chiari malformation,” says Nikki, who lives in Owatonna, Minnesota, and received care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna. “No one wants to be told at 21 that you have a brain malformation. I cried a lot.”

For years, Nikki had experienced a range of symptoms that included lightheadedness, fainting and extremities that tingled when she stood up, as well as migraines that got worse while she was standing. As a preteen, she was told she was having syncope episodes when she got lightheaded. Later, physicians made the diagnosis of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. But neither diagnosis nor any treatment had an effect on her symptoms. [...]

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This is helpful. I have libed with pain so long to have a diagnosis in a day is what has me so worried. I have not read good thinga about the surgery. At all. I have rwad of many people not beimg able to walk after the surgery. Right now my worst symtoms are arm and joint pain. Numbness in my extremities and tiredness and weakness. My question is what stage of the game am [...]

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kathrynmstar responded 7 hours ago · View

Nikki I read in your post that you had some ear problems with your Chiari. I have horrible ear problems. I have a Chiari I. Could you explain to me what your ear problems were like? I appreciate your help so much! Also if there's anybody on the site that can help me with that question I would appreciate that so much too!!!!! Also I have many symptoms associated with the Chiari as all of [...]

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Mystery Solved – Diagnosis Moves Patient from Frustration to Peace of Mind and a Plan

Karen Gibson at Mayo Clinic with her husband. I want to share my story to possibly help another person and to hopefully help others who are still facing their own health unknowns.

I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, major skin problems, muscle weakness, escalating eye issues, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I moved to Georgia with more and more symptoms. I developed relationships with new doctors and developed new symptoms – seizures and heart-related syncope. I went to see a neurologist, who began to run tests. In the meantime, I had regular quarterly blood panels by my regular physician, who upon reporting to me by phone noted no irregularities. I was told time and time again to stop chasing a diagnosis. My family continued to watch my decline.

After running numerous tests, my neurologist could only ascertain that I may have had some mini-strokes. My neurologist referred me to a major university hospital. After two visits, and being practically laughed out of the place, I began to have serious doubts about my symptoms and began to believe the many specialists and psychologists who told me it was emotional response.  [...]

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miltonbroome responded 12 hours ago · View

I am here to express my profound warm gratitude to the Natural Herbal Medicine, which i got from Dr TWINS,after 3/5 days of communication he sent some herbal medicines to me. I am now leaving a healthy life since the past 2 year after the completion of my Genital and Oral Herpes treatment with the Dr TWINS Natural Healing Medicine, i am now completely Herpes Free, after the application and usage of Dr TWINS Medicine. [...]

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Write your reply here..I am here to express my profound warm gratitude to the Natural Herbal Medicine, which i got from Dr TWINS,after 3/5 days of communication he sent some herbal medicines to me. I am now leaving a healthy life since the past 2 year after the completion of my Genital and Oral Herpes treatment with the Dr TWINS Natural Healing Medicine, i am now completely Herpes Free, after the application and usage of [...]

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Oct 25, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Deep-brain Stimulation Helps A Pilot Return to Flight

Ryan Uitti, M.D., and Beth McAllister with a self-portrait of patient Tyrone Nanton.

Ryan Uitti, M.D., and Beth McAllister of the movement disorders surgical team with a self-portrait of their grateful patient, Tyrone Nanton.

As a commercial airline pilot, Tyrone Nanton spends his days in a standard blue-and-white uniform. But in his off-hours, Tyrone’s creativity emerges in two favorite hobbies: creating colorful, elaborate costumes for carnival in his native Antigua, and painting. From 2006 to 2015, though, a tremor that got progressively worse made his hands shake so much that it kept him not only from those artistic pursuits, it eventually kept him from flying.

When the tremor started, Tyrone went to see a neurologist near his home in Brandon, Florida. To control the shaking, he was given a medication typically used for seizures. Due to regulations, however, the airline barred use of that medication. Tyrone had to find a different drug to manage his symptoms. Over time, however, even with an ever-increasing dosage of that medication, his tremor worsened.

“I couldn’t hold a glass with one hand. I couldn’t eat with a knife and fork,” Tyrone says.

At that point, Tyrone could not continue flying. He had to take medical leave and go on disability. Tyrone says he couldn’t imagine no longer being a commercial airline pilot. Seeking options after his local neurologist said there was nothing else that could be done, he decided to get a second opinion.  [...]

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Here is a general informational link that may be helpful: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/deep-brain-stimulation/home/ovc-20156088.

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My grandma had Parkinson's disease, she is about 80 years old it was detected 7 years ago. Right now it's getting more difficult to live for her, because of stiff muscles she can't even move. L-dopa and carbidopa medicines are given, but won"t give much relief. She can"t eat food and the skin is damaging forming ganglia. This is may be the last stage of disease.. nothing was really working to help her condition. Finally [...]

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Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant

A rare genetic disorder, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, triggered a rapid decline in Steve Shank's lung health. Expert care at Mayo Clinic that eventually led to a double-lung transplant put him on the road to recovery.

Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult situations.

Beginning in 2015, that endurance was put to the test — one that tried every ounce of strength Steve had. In the fall of that year, he discovered his lungs were failing due to the same mutated gene that caused his blindness and albinism. His only chance of survival was a double-lung transplant. [...]

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Nov 25, 2012 by @Margaret_Marie · View  

Mexican man grateful for normal life after liver transplant

Mauricio Perez-Olegaray and his wifeWhen doctors in Mexico City diagnosed Mauricio Perez-Olegaray with liver cirrhosis, he thought the condition was the result of earlier alcohol consumption and a genetic predisposition. But at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., doctors discovered instead the silent progress of hepatitis C. For the next six years, a team of Mayo Clinic specialists cared for Perez, managing his symptoms with medication while monitoring his condition closely for any sign of the liver cancer that can be caused by the virus. When tumors were detected in the liver, Perez's name was added to the liver transplant waiting list while doctors used chemoembolization to shrink the tumors and prevent them spreading outside the liver. [...]

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lynnean responded Jan 23, 2016 · View

My name is Lynnean Lynne for short, I have been diagnosed with liver failure due hep c and drinking. This will be 1 year in March I've been sober.I have not recieved a transplant and not looking good for this to happen. They give me till July to expire.I'm scared! I have done all they have asked of me and was placed on the list only to be taken off the list this past month. [...]

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Hi Lynnean, unfortunately here in the U.S. all transplant centers care more about their success rate than for their patients, part because of government watch/funding and part because of marketing. Unless patients have a high chance of surviving they are turned down. India and Mexico are two options for liver transplant abroad. For less than $90k you may be able to receive high quality medical care and the transplant you need in facilities that are [...]

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Tue, Apr 11 at 3:18pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

For more than a decade, leukemia has been part of Kim DeBolt's life. Although the diagnosis brought with it dozens of chemotherapy sessions and two stem cell transplants, her care at Mayo Clinic also put her on the path to a fulfilling career.

It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that day, and she felt blue. Gazing out her window, she saw on the sidewalk a smartly dressed woman, briefcase in hand, holding an umbrella, heading downtown.

"As I watched her walk by, I thought, 'I want to do that, too. I want to have a normal day, get up in the morning and walk to work. And I want to work for Mayo Clinic,'" Kim says. "I never forgot that moment. I kept it in the back of my mind for a long time." [...]

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isctmmw2014 responded 4 days ago · View

We also had two successful experiences at Mayo..Our daughter was flown by air as we puchased what was to be drinking water and was menthol alcohol..I fixed formula and fed her using this water. She was 10 weeks old and we were told if she lived she would be blind. She is 49 and doing great..Needs glasses but has sight..Our son also was taken there for a tumor on his Leg which they chipped bone [...]

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal a Veteran's Wounds

Fritz Kruger was helped by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Fritz Kruger of Hayward, Wisconsin, wondered how breathing pure oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized tube could heal his body. Fritz, 56, suffered from side effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer when he was referred for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in fall 2016.

A U.S. Air Force veteran who served from 1986 to 1995, including in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Fritz was treated for cancer at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. He had his prostate removed in 2012, followed by radiation treatments. As of August 2016, Fritz was showing no signs of cancer, but the radiation had taken a toll on his body.

"I had blood in my urine," says Fritz, who also was feeling other painful effects. "There was so much scar tissue that they couldn't find the opening from my kidneys into my bladder."

Fritz's VA doctor recommended hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A search of hyperbaric facilities within reach of Fritz's home led him to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]

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Nov 4, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Multiple Medical Emergencies Give Nurse A New Perspective on Mayo Clinic Care

After receiving treatment for two serious falls and going through a surgery, nurse Jackie Traurig has a heightened appreciation for the health care Mayo Clinic provides.

Jackie Traurig in the body cast needed to heal her fractured lumbar vertebra and with the nurse from Orthopedic Surgery who helped ease her nerves, Lori Pierce, who she calls “the biggest angel in the world.”

As a nurse for more than eight years at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, Jacklyn Traurig knew firsthand the value of the organization’s team approach to health care. But although Jackie was practiced at providing quality care, she didn’t truly see just how exceptional Mayo Clinic’s style was until she found herself in back-to-back medical crises.

A fall on the stairs landed Jackie in the Emergency Department with a broken back. Then, while still healing from the first event, Jackie fell again. This time, she slipped in a stairwell and suffered a concussion and broken collarbone. A CT scan following that fall revealed a brain tumor.

Despite all this, Jackie looks for the good in her experiences.

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sophial responded Sun, Apr 16 at 5:30am CDT · View

Now that i got my man back it's would be unfair if I don't share my experience to the whole world on how i got him back.That is why I am here this day to let the world know that there are real powers in spell casting as DR OCUSODO has proven to me by bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family in just 2days after i got him contacted . I [...]

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Now that i got my man back it's would be unfair if I don't share my experience to the whole world on how i got him back.That is why I am here this day to let the world know that there are real powers in spell casting as DR OCUSODO has proven to me by bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family in just 2days after i got him contacted . I [...]

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Wed, Feb 22 at 10:01pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Innovative Multiple Myeloma Care Renews a Pilot’s Energy and Outlook

Harold Rogers was an air traffic controller and corporate jet pilot before a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.At 81 years old, Harold Rogers has had quite a ride. For 30 years, the St. Mary’s, Georgia, resident was an air traffic controller and corporate jet pilot. But nothing prepared Harold for a diagnosis in early 2009 of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells inside bone marrow, which is considered incurable.

“I’d never heard of multiple myeloma. My primary care doctor said, ‘The good news is that it’s treatable. But it’s not curable,’” Harold says. “He then recommended I go to a cancer specialist.”

Harold opted to stay close to home and began chemotherapy in February 2009. When the treatment was over several months later, he was left with side effects that prompted him to get an evaluation at a different health care facility. That’s when he turned to Mayo Clinic.  [...]

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Thu, Apr 13 at 2:57pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

Quick diagnosis and expert surgery to remove a brain tumor preserve a baby girl's life and put her on the path to a bright future.

To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size.

Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove a substantial growth that occupied nearly half of her brain space, a perfect aesthetic of her head was not guaranteed. In fact, much about Rayna's development — including her very survival — wasn't assured. [...]

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Oct 19, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown

Jessie Brown learned her mysterious symptoms were caused by Cushing syndrome. Retired elementary school teacher Jessie Brown takes time to enjoy the pleasures of daily life. She goes for long walks with her dogs, King Solomon and Baby Ruth. She spends time with her children and grandchildren who live near the farm where she and her husband, Tom, make their home in rural Marshall, Arkansas. She plans the holiday meals she’ll be making for her family, who are particularly looking forward to her much-loved turkey dressing at Thanksgiving.

This year, these ordinary enjoyments are especially meaningful, because for the last two years, Jessie couldn’t do any of them. Confined to bed much of that time with a constellation of mysterious symptoms that left her immobile and in pain, Jessie wasn’t sure she would ever be able to reclaim the busy, happy life she loved.

“My face was swollen; my legs were swollen. I kept falling down. My hair and nails were breaking off,” she says. “I had a lot of bad symptoms. I knew something was wrong. I went to doctor after doctor, but they all had a different opinion.”

After almost a year and a half, Jessie was diagnosed with Cushing syndrome. [...]

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Wow this sounds just like me. I'm on this web right now because I just had all the Cortisol test done this week but don't know how to interrupt the results properly and was looking for some answers. Waiting to hear from my doc. to go over the results. I have been dealing with "Cushing" like symptoms for about 3 years now. It's been a slow process to get where I am now but I [...]

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Dec 16, 2015 by @pscotti · View  

Wife Gives Husband the Gift of Life with Living Donor Kidney

Cameron Mullis received a living donor kidney transplant from his wife, Savannah. When 29-year-old Cameron Mullis of Jacksonville, Florida, was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy and told he’d need a kidney transplant, he was facing the likelihood of kidney dialysis and several years of waiting for a suitable donor. Little did he realize, his potential donor was living under the same roof as him.

IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger's disease, is a kidney disease that occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, lodges in your kidneys. This results in local inflammation that, over time, may hamper your kidneys' ability to filter waste, excess water and electrolytes from your blood. Kidney damage may be indicated by blood and protein in the urine, high blood pressure and swollen feet. There currently is no cure for this disease outside of a kidney transplant.  [...]

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ryanvincentstella responded Sat, Apr 1 at 12:38pm CDT · View

My name is Ryan when I was 21 I was diagnosed with IGA nephropathy. My protein level was over 12,000 and my creatinine level was at a three. I did all kinds of invasive treatment prednisone chemotherapy cyclosporine and many others. I also did nature path treatment program with dr. Bill Cardell in Seattle. After about three years of intense treatment I was able to achieve remissions and return to a normal life. I've now [...]

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sureshv010 responded Wed, Apr 12 at 2:27am CDT · View

Hi Ryan, Currently I am suffering from IGAN with Creatinine level 2.0 taking below medication: 1. Prednisone 10 mg 2. Mycophenolate mofetil can you please let me now - how IGAN is remissioned completely,

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Fri, Apr 7 at 8:24am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

After a Liver Transplant, Financial Adviser Turns to Helping Others

Severe liver disease led to a life-saving transplant for Terrance McMahon. Now he's using that experience to help others through the transplant process.

Owning a successful financial planning firm for 20 years taught Terrance McMahon to plan for the future and for the unexpected. On May 26, 2016, all those years of planning became critical for Terrance.

That day, heart palpitations sent him to a local hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he lived. Although he thought he was having a heart attack, he admits later that he hadn't felt well for the previous six months.

"My eyes were bloodshot," Terrance says. "I was jaundiced, and I had bruises."

Blood tests at the emergency room indicated Terrance had severely deteriorated liver function.

"The doctor said I could die that night," Terrance says. "I went from being on top of the world to being told, 'You might not make it.'"

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Jun 18, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Family Tradition Inspires New Chimes for Plummer Building Carillon  

Carillonneur Jeff Daehn and Dr. David Daugherty with the carillon recording. When David R. Daugherty, M.D., was growing up in Rochester, he walked to Central Junior High School with his father, Guy Daugherty, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist.

"Since our school was on dad’s way to the clinic, he made a tradition of walking with each of us kids when we reached junior high age," says Dr. Daugherty, when went on to join Mayo Clinic himself, as a psychiatrist. "We checked our progress by the bells in the Plummer Building. Hearing the chimes helped us get to school on time."

That youthful memory led to an idea: Could the carillon have a set of chimes that are unique to Mayo Clinic?  [...]

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Thu, Apr 6 at 1:26pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

With severe neck pain limiting his career as a photographer, Darrell Deutz knew he needed a long-term solution. He found it at Mayo Clinic, where minimally invasive spine surgery fixed the problem and allowed him to get back to business.

As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions.

"I've photographed over a thousand weddings in my life," says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. "A lot of photographers don't like the pressure. There is no second chance, so you have to be confident. You can't make any mistakes. I like the challenge."

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Tue, Feb 7 at 11:29am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

As a two-time liver transplant recipient, Richard Parker is exceptionally grateful to his donors and their families and gives credit to his team at Mayo Clinic for his renewed health.

There is no doubt in Richard Parker’s mind that he’s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic.

Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to Mayo Clinic once again. A second transplant now has him back on his feet and extremely grateful to his donors and his care team. [...]

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deirdrecroninleddy responded Thu, Apr 6 at 2:30am CDT · View

Hello from a joyful heart my name is DEIRDRE LEDDY ,Am from Florida, United State of America, I want to testify of how i got cured from HIV AIDS.I never think I can live long again and am so grateful about this great man called Dr. Odugu who cured my HIV AIDS last month. I was in a great pain so I told one of my best friend called Rose; she told me that there [...]

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Fri, Feb 24 at 1:08pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

Pioneering a new method for treating pancreatic cancer, Mayo Clinic surgical oncologist Dr. Mark Truty is improving his patients’ odds of beating this much-feared disease.

Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota, was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife told him he was completely yellow — not from the sun streaming into the bedroom, but from jaundice. Thomas went to a local emergency room.

“The doctor comes in and gives us the news: ‘You have pancreatic cancer. You’ve got six months to live. Get your stuff together,’” Thomas says. “What do you do?”

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suelyga responded Wed, Mar 15 at 11:58pm CDT · View

I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer 3 weeks ago today. The only good news that my oncologist gave me was that there is a good stage IV and a bad stage IV. I was lucky enough to have what he called good stage IV because he feels I came in earlier than most patients he has seen and I am in very good health. I start chemo on th 28th of March because [...]

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cbtnt07 responded Thu, Apr 6 at 1:19am CDT · View

Last night my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is 54 and doing ok. Doctors gave him 6 months. It has spread to the liver and lymph nodes. Can teatment work for him? Btw he has no medical insurance.

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Wed, Apr 5 at 12:28pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

3D Printing Paves the Way for Precision Surgeries

Using advanced 3D models to prepare for complex surgeries helps Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely tailor treatment to individual patients and their unique needs.

The surgical teams assembled to operate on Mayo Clinic's most complex patients lately have begun to consist of more than living, breathing members. The new recruits are usually small enough to hold in your hand, and they don't say a word. But the information conveyed by these 3D anatomical printed models is helping surgeons plan and navigate the trickiest of procedures.

In late 2016, Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark Allen, M.D. was part of a surgical team that used a 3D printed model to help them prepare to remove a rare, intrusive pancoast tumor. The tumor had grown in the chest of a patient, between his ribs and among the vessels just above his lungs.

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Aug 5, 2015 by @HoytFinnamore · View  

Turning off the Tremors -- Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Patient Enjoy Little Things Again

Mary Daugherty is now able to enjoy the little things like flying a kite after a deep brain stimulation procedure to stop her tremor. Mary Daugherty just wanted to sit still. For nearly four decades, the 73-year-old experienced tremors in her hands, arms and head. In 2014, she decided to do something about it.

Mary’s journey began when she was in her mid-30s and started to notice a slight trembling in her upper extremities. “I thought I just got excited or nervous, scared or tired,” she says. “When others started remarking on my tremors, I decided to seek a medical explanation.”  [...]

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I was a police officer when my tremor became so bad I couldn't hide it any longer. It took a while and several meds before the tried and true primidone at a very high dose worked. Lots of headaches and dizziness in the beginning but now my body is accustomed to it and there are no side effects, except the obvious ... I don't shake anymore! When I retired, I decided to stop taking primidone [...]

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tanyasnider responded Sat, Apr 1 at 5:49am CDT · View

All these life stories give me hope!.... I have been dealing with my tremors for about ten years now....it started in my twenties i am now 39....i got it from my dad side.....ive watched him deak with it and my grandpa and uncle and aunt and sister.. Its very aggervating.... I know this is unhealthy but the only help i get is from alcohol...start my day with a couple shots and throughout the day i [...]

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Fri, Mar 31 at 8:30am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Friend's Generosity and Successful Transplant Give Maikki Nekton a New Way of Looking at the World

Diagnosed with cancer of the bile ducts, Maikki Nekton needed a liver transplant. When her friend, Jenifer DeMattia, stepped up to be the donor, it changed both their lives.

Maikki Nekton was 32 years old when she had a life-saving liver transplant, thanks to her good friend, Jenifer DeMattia, who donated a portion of her own liver to Maikki.

Prior to the transplant, Maikki worked as a clinical social worker in the Maryland school system and for nonprofit organizations. Jenifer was her co-worker, and they became fast friends. Long-distance running was a shared passion, with the two women participating in 10K races and half-marathons whenever possible.

In April 2014, while training, Maikki began experiencing pain in her right hip. It was diagnosed as a stress fracture, which doctors said was rare for someone so young. [...]

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