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Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 29, 2021

After years with hundreds of seizures each day, patient finds relief with innovative treatment

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When Eric Berg’s seizures increased to the point they took over his life despite medications to control them, he sought help from Mayo Clinic. A new treatment gave him hope and a chance to live his life again. Since he was a child, Eric Berg, has had seizures due to epilepsy. This past year, his seizures […]

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Tags: Dr. Brian Lundstrom, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation


January 12, 2021

With her dance career in the balance, patient finds that brain surgery can wait

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A cavernous malformation threatened to upend Allison Nilsen’s dance career. Surgery was an option, but at what cost? Her team at Mayo created a plan to monitor Allison’s condition and let her pursue her dreams. At Mayo Clinic, patient care plans are not one-size-fits-all. Allison Nilsen’s story is a prime example of that. When she […]

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Tags: cavernous malformation, Dr. Rabih Tawk


March 30, 2020

Care Coordination Puts Jim on the Path to Recovery

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After Jim Hauck sustained serious injuries from a car accident in Nevada, Mayo Post Acute Care helped him return home, where he continues to recover and heal.

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Tags: Amy Taylor, Dr. Celestine Odenigbo, Dr. Charles Wirtz, Dr. Jonathan Webb, Dr. T.K. Schiefer, Dr. Tina Dreger, Mayo Clinic Health System - Chippewa Valley in Bloomer, Mayo Post Acute Care, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy


March 16, 2020

Cameron’s New Way Forward After Rare Disease Diagnoses

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Cameron Kaipainen and his parents spent years searching for explanations to his ongoing and confusing medical problems. It wasn’t until arriving at Mayo Clinic in Arizona that the true nature of Cameron’s condition was uncovered, giving the family the priceless gift of knowledge.

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Tags: 7q11.23 duplication syndrome, Clinical Genomics, Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Radhika Dhamija, Schwannoma, Schwannomatosis


March 6, 2020

Harnessing Love and Gratitude to Combat an Aggressive Brain Tumor

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Mary Jane Moline has never been one to shy away from a challenge. So when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor, she was ready to face her treatment head-on. For Mary Jane, that has meant embracing with enthusiasm all of the therapy her Mayo Clinic care team has offered. Mary Jane Moline, an […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor Program, clinical trials, Dr. Michael Ruff, Dr. Ross Puffer, Dr. Scott Lester, Proton Beam Therapy Program


March 2, 2020

After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye

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For years, the neurologic disorder trigeminal neuralgia dominated Ellen Whitebird’s world. It caused searing pain that destroyed her ability to enjoy life. Then in 2019, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon proposed a procedure that he believed could make a significant difference. It did. Today, Ellen’s pain is gone.

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Tags: Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Trigeminal Neuralgia


February 26, 2020

Team of Mayo Experts Pinpoints Source of Puzzling Leg Weakness

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Without an explanation for progressive weakness in his legs, Raymond Knapp was resigned to the notion that he would be confined to a wheelchair. A collaborative effort among Mayo Clinic specialists in Radiology and Neurology, though, changed everything for Raymond, giving him the diagnosis and treatment he needed to walk on his own again.

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Klein, Dr. Harry Cloft, Dr. Kirk Welker, Dr. Marcus Pinto, Dr. Meagan Uzee, Dural arteriovenous fistula


February 21, 2020

Collaborative Approach to Care Restores Conductor’s Sight

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When doctors in Ohio told Robyn Lana they weren’t sure whether a brain aneurysm they found behind her right eye socket was causing the vision problems she’d been experiencing, Robyn turned to Mayo Clinic. Not only did her Mayo care team identify the true cause of her vision loss, they fixed it.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino, Dr. Harry Cloft, Dr. Tariq Bhatti


February 12, 2020

Fresh Approach to Epilepsy Treatment Rekindles Zest for Life

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Janice Breien was anxious to find a better way to manage the seizures that regularly disrupted her daily life. Enter her Mayo care team — ready to listen and provide solutions. Now, with her seizures under control, Janice has a renewed sense of optimism.

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Tags: Dr. Scott Spritzer, Epilepsy, Holly McAbee, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


January 24, 2020

Leaning on One Another — and Mayo Clinic — to Fight Two Difficult Diseases

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When Bob and Kelly Rodenberg wed 10 years ago, they hadn’t a clue how their pledge to love one another through sickness and health would play out. But when they both developed incurable illnesses, their vows took on greater significance. Today, thanks to the work of committed Mayo Clinic care teams, the pair continues to […]

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Tags: Dr. Angela Dispenzieri, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Michael Ruff, glioblastoma, POEMS


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