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June 30, 2022

Collaboration that changes lives

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Elyn Simmons was 31 years old and eager to start a family with her husband, Guy. But in 2016, she was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder — PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome — that causes fertility problems. Then Elyn began experiencing other symptoms, including unexplained weight gain, increased body hair, migraines, and severe fatigue. Teamwork by Mayo […]

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Tags: Cushing's disease, Dr. Ravinder Singh, Elyn Simmons, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome


June 23, 2022

A new path forward

By Joel Streed Joel Streed (@jstreed)

From the beginning of Hussein’s life, a shroud of worry surrounded him. Something was wrong. The infant couldn’t keep down anything he ate. When he was 6 weeks old, his mother, Manal, noticed blood in his stool. He lost precious weight and was hospitalized due to failure to thrive. Hussein’s first few months were defined […]

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Tags: Dr. Ann Moyer, Familial Mediterranean Fever, Mayo Clinic Laboratories


April 28, 2022

An uncommon antibody, a life restored

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Sophisticated laboratory testing solved a medical riddle and finally got Jori Pearson back on his feet, doing what he loves. Jori Pearson was a 39-year-old homebuilding contractor with a passion for golf and fishing when he began feeling numbness in his hands. That was in 2013. And those early symptoms signaled the start of a […]

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Tags: CDIP, demyelinating neuropathy, Dr. Divyanshu Dubey, Dr. Sarah Berini, Jori Pearson


March 24, 2022

Thankful for Tygh: The Derossett Family

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Arriving full-term amidst a flurry of excitement, Tygh Derossett’s birth at a Kentucky hospital in 2016 mimicked that of most newborns. He cried, he received Apgar scoring, and he got a bath. On his second day of life, Tygh’s health care team took a few drops of his blood and sent it to Kentucky’s newborn […]

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Tags: Aarron Derossett, Amanda Derossett, Krabbe disease, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Newborn screening, Tygh Derossett


March 3, 2022

A downward spiral undone: Jon Bratsch

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Jon Bratsch had accepted that he was going to die. Barely conscious, breathing through a ventilator, and paralyzed in the intensive care unit, he could not see a way through the destructive illness that had taken so much from him. Just three weeks earlier, Jon had felt fine. A happily married father of two grown […]

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Tags: autoimmune neurologic conditions, Dr. Eoin Flanagan, Dr. Sean PIttock, Jon Bratsch, Kris Bratsch, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, MOG, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein


January 13, 2022

Glimmer of Hope: Gregor Heinrich

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

While Gregor Heinrich never could have imagined that testicular cancer was related to his problems with vision and gait, learning he was positive for KLHL11 protein biomarkers meant he could receive treatment for both the cancer and the illness behind it. When Gregor Heinrich visited Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2019 seeking a second […]

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Tags: Dr. Divyanshu Dubey, Dr. John Mills, Dr. Sean PIttock, Dr. Sebastian Lopez, Gregor Heinrich, KLHL11, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, neurology, Testicular Cancer


November 24, 2021

Reversing a dire disorder on the road to renewed health

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Advanced testing at Mayo Clinic Laboratories that confirmed a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis put Lorinda McKinley on the road to renewed health after she nearly lost it all to the rare autoimmune disease. When Lorinda McKinley arrived at Mayo Clinic’s Spine Center in February seeking a second opinion for neck surgery, her eyelids were droopy, […]

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Tags: Dr. Karen Truitt, Lorinda McKinley, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Mayo Clinic Spine Center, myasthenia gravis, sharing mayo clinic


October 5, 2021

Detecting danger: Dan O’Bryan

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Dan O’Bryan didn’t think his dizziness and lightheadedness were anything to worry about. Nearly 100 miles away, the team at Mayo Clinic that was remotely monitoring Dan’s heart could see the truth. Looking back, Dan O’Bryan now can see the connection between his dizzy spells and episodes of lightheadedness during spring 2021, and the slow heart […]

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Dan O'Bryan, Dr. Diana Trifa, Dr. Omar Yasin, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mayo Clinic Laboratories


August 17, 2021

Reclaiming his life after lab testing confirmed a serious illness

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

At 71, David Voeltz is a happily married family man who appreciates putting in a hard day’s work and enjoys spending time in the woods. But for David, the ability to walk through nature with his children and grandchildren, and to climb in and out of the dump truck that is an integral part of […]

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Tags: David Voeltz, Dr. John Mills, Dr. Teerin Liewluck, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, necrotizing autoimmune myopathy


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