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Neurology & Neurosurgery

July 26th, 2017

Spinal Surgery Saves Teen Swimmer’s Mobility

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When the position of his spine unexpectedly changed, 13-year-old Albert Mansour was unable to walk without discomfort. Using a unique surgical approach, Mayo Clinic surgeons were able to successfully repair Albert’s spine and relieve his pain.

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Tags: Dr. Jeremy Fogelson, Dr. Todd Milbrandt, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery


July 21st, 2017

Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse’s Destiny

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Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons.

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. Brian O'Neill, Dr. Terry Burns, Neuro-oncology, Neurology and Neurosurgery


July 19th, 2017

Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

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In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family.

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Tags: Dr. Ronald Reimer, Glioma, Neurology and Neurosurgery


July 14th, 2017

Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

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After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures.

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Tags: Dr. Christina Chen, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Dr. Sheri Crow, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, pediatric neurology


May 25th, 2017

A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

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Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found a solution that put him on the road to recovery.

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Tags: Dr. David Piepgras, Dr. Felix Diehn, Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Dr. Richard Marsh, Neurosurgery, Superficial Siderosis


May 9th, 2017

Stroke of Luck — Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

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Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Tags: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Eidelman, Dr. Robert Wharen, Dr. W. David Freeman, Telestroke


May 1st, 2017

Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title — Brain Cancer Survivor

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A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn’t know was that she’d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here’s Nicole’s story, in her own words.

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. Ron Reimer, glioblastoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Nicole Barlanti


April 13th, 2017

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

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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 […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. David Daniels, Family Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery


April 6th, 2017

Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

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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 […]

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Dr. Rodolfo Savica, Neurology and Neurosurgery


March 24th, 2017

Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

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Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a “rugged maniac.” The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Pizzi, Dr. W. David Freeman, Epilepsy, MayoClinicFL, Mike Short, Neurocritical Care, Neurology and Neurosurgery


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