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December 15th, 2016

Learning to Live Well With POTS Brightens Daily Life for Christine Esposito

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

It’s a condition with no outward symptoms. But for the hundreds of thousands of teens and adults in the U.S. living with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, the medical disorder has a significant impact on their lives. Christine Esposito is one of those people. Christine was diagnosed with the condition in 2002 by Mayo […]

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Tags: Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, Neurology & Neurosurgery, POTS Syndrome


November 21st, 2016

Complex Diagnosis Reshapes a College Student’s Future

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When Reilly Steidle came to Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2013 at the age of 20, she brought with her two rolling suitcases full of medical paperwork and a hope that the physicians could make sense of the recurring headaches, chronic fatigue and widespread pain she’d been dealing with for two years. Reilly had […]

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Tags: Center for Sleep Medicine, Dr. Maja Tippmann-Peikert, Lyme Disease, Neurology & Neurosurgery, POTS, Transfusion Medicine


October 31st, 2016

A Mother’s Frightening Fight Against Autoimmune Encephalitis

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It started with ear pain in the spring of 2014. Within a few weeks, Gloria Pena’s earache escalated into confusion and sensory loss. “I thought it was a bad cold with an earache,” Gloria recalls. “But one day I picked up my son from school and didn’t remember the way home.” From there, Gloria’s condition […]

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Tags: Dr. Sebastian Lopez Chiriboga, Dr. William Freeman, encephalitis, Florida Campus, Neurology & Neurosurgery


October 17th, 2016

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

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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 […]

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Tags: Chiari Malformation, Dr. Grant Mallory, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Neurology & Neurosurgery


September 10th, 2016

Persevering Through Brain Cancer, Travis McGinnis Remains Upbeat and Optimistic

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Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says — his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Glioma, Hope Lodge, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, oligoastrocytoma, radiation therapy


August 9th, 2016

Surgery to Get Rid of Seizures Gives Brad Lewis New Freedom

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For 14 years, Brad Lewis never knew quite what to expect when he woke up in the morning. A rare genetic disorder, tuberous sclerosis, caused a variety of health problems. But the one that disrupted his life the most was epilepsy. At one point, Brad was having as many as 80 seizures a day. “Seizures […]

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Tags: Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures, Tuberous Sclerosis


July 29th, 2016

Seamstress Moving and Sewing Again After Complex Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Growing up in Central Florida, Kimberly Kimmons was an active child. She loved swimming, biking and martial arts. But at age 12, Kim was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Unfortunately, Kim’s family didn’t have the resources to fully address her spinal […]

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Tags: Dr. Gordon Deen, Dr. Mark Pichelmann, Mayo Clinic Florida, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion


June 26th, 2016

Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

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When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn’t quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he’d come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, […]

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Tags: Cerebral Hemorrhage, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, stroke


April 23rd, 2015

A Long Journey to a Seizure-Free Life

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

In December 2014, Gregory Cascino, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, received a photo of a former patient. Kate Seifert was standing at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, almost 20,000 feet above sea level, at the mountain’s Uhuru Peak. The photo was accompanied by a note from Seifert’s mother. “We will be forever […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


March 13th, 2015

Stopping the Seizures

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

After brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Xander Torres is a healthy, happy kid “My hand is wiggly.” When 4-year-old Xander Torres said these words to his mother, Sarah, she had no idea the long journey they would begin. “To be honest, I didn’t think much about it at first,” she says. Several weeks went by […]

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Tags: Dr. Elain Wirrell, Dr. Nicolas Wetjen, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


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