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Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 13, 2020

New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed

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Paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a surfing accident, Chris Barr thought life as he knew it was over. After enrolling in a regenerative medicine clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, however, he began to realize all was not lost.

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Allan Dietz, Dr. Andre Terzic, Dr. Anshit Goyal, Dr. Anthony Windebank, Dr. Christine Hunt, Dr. F.M. Moinuddin, Dr. Kristin Garlanger, Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Dr. Mohammed Ali Alvi, Dr. Ronald Reeves, Dr. Wenchun Qu


January 10, 2020

Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa’s Rare Cancer

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Alexa Lofaro spent six months taking medications for a condition she didn’t have. Once she arrived at Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team specializing in her disease not only provided the right diagnosis, but also conducted the genetic testing necessary to find the right medication for her.

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Tags: Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology, Dr. Jason Young, Dr. Karen Rech, Dr. Ronald Go, Dr. W. Oliver Tobin


December 11, 2019

Regaining Control After a Decade of Epilepsy

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Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Denny Hinshaw had lived with epileptic seizures for more than 10 years, and they were eroding his personal and professional life. Since Denny came to Mayo Clinic for care, however, all that is in the past.

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Tags: Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Dr. Terrence Lagerlund, Epilepsy, Grand mal seizure, Seizure


November 1, 2019

Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery

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When Jo-Ann Rosemont learned she had a meningioma in her head, she followed her care team’s advice and had regular checkups for more than a year to make sure it wasn’t growing. But after one of her local doctors insisted that she get a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, Jo-Ann ended up undergoing a unique […]

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Tags: Dr. David Capobianco, Dr. Eric Eggenberger, Dr. Julie Hammack, Dr. Kaisorn Chaichana, Meningioma


October 23, 2019

Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation

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At 35, Tyler McDonald felt like his best years were behind him. Affected by mystifying mobility issues and severe pain, he needed a cane and heavy pain medications to move through his days. Withdrawn and depressed, Tyler’s outlook was grim — until he met a Mayo Clinic neurologist who opened a door that led Tyler […]

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Tags: Dr. Eoin Flanagan, Dr. Wesley Gilliam, Functional disorders, Pain Rehabilitation Center


October 14, 2019

Expert Care and Compassion Move Cary Hill Beyond a Second Brain Aneurysm

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Having already lived through the effects of one ruptured brain aneurysm, Cary Hill knew she couldn’t risk it happening again when scans showed that another aneurysm had grown on her brain. So she came to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion — and a second chance.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. Giuseppe Lanzino, Dr. Megan Kaszuba


October 9, 2019

Happy to Give Back to Mayo Clinic After Battling Rare Autoimmune Disease

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Erin Ayub spent months in a medically induced coma as her Mayo Clinic care team worked to fight off a rare and dangerous form of encephalitis. Today, Erin has made a remarkable recovery, and now as a Mayo staff member, she’s eagerly working to help further the mission of the health care organization that saved […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Hoerth, encephalitis


September 30, 2019

Energized and Excited After Precision Care Relieves Puzzling Problem

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These days, Molly Hanson feels awesome. Free from pain, she’s now eager to get back into her life. Molly’s energy today stands in stark contrast to how she felt a year ago — before she visited Mayo Clinic and learned an undiagnosed medical condition was to blame for many of her debilitating symptoms.

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Tags: Chronic pelvic pain, Dr. Grace Knuttinen, Dr. Paul Snyder, Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok, Postural tachycardia syndrome


September 25, 2019

From Restless Legs to Dancing Feet

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For the first four years of her life, Savannah Brock didn’t sleep more than a few hours at a time. Though desperately tired, the child couldn’t fall or stay asleep due to an unrelenting urge to move her legs. While Savannah’s parents knew something was wrong, medical tests didn’t reveal the cause. Then they met […]

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Tags: Dr. Suresh Kotagal, Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, Restless leg syndrome


September 18, 2019

Eliminating a Complex Brain Tumor With Careful Planning and Expert Care

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Tony DeGange never thought much about the bump on his head until his barber mentioned that it might be a problem. It was. The bump turned out to be a brain tumor. But his Mayo Clinic team successfully removed it, and now Tony’s back to enjoying his retirement, bump-free.

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Tags: Dr. Jennifer Peterson, Dr. Rabih Tawk, Dr. Sarvarm TerKonda, gamma-knife, Meningioma, Neuro-Oncology Program


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