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Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 21, 2019

Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

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Kandie Nelson didn’t know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn’t able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms.

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Tags: cavernous malformation, Dr. Kelly Flemming


January 9, 2019

Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

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For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety.

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Tags: disckectomy, Dr. Jeremy Fogelson, Neurosurgery, Spinal Fusion


January 8, 2019

Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

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After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery.

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Tags: Dr. Eelco Wijdicks, Dr. John Park, Malaria, Neurocritical Care


December 5, 2018

Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

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Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she’s made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together. 

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Tags: Dr. Cody Nesvick, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery


November 28, 2018

Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

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Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it.

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Tags: Dr. David Nye, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Jaclyn Morin, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Trigeminal Neuralgia


November 19, 2018

Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

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After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves.

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Tags: Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Neurosurgery, Schwannoma


November 5, 2018

Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery

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Kathie Hanson went from being an active outdoor enthusiast to being unable to walk without assistance. But the care she received at Mayo Clinic has again allowed her to take part in the many activities that fill her life with joy.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Dr. Michelle Clarke, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion


October 15, 2018

Surviving and Thriving After Life-Threatening Illnesses

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Within the past six years, Devender Tulla developed two serious conditions that could have ended badly for the politician from India. But thanks to his Mayo Clinic care team, Devender was able to fight back. Now he’s returned to work representing his constituents.

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Tags: Dr. Allen Aksamit, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, Dr. Stephen Ansell, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


October 3, 2018

Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

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A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer’s drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome.

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Tags: brachial plexus, Cecelia Skotak, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Julie Pohlad, Peripheral Nerve Clinic


October 1, 2018

Taming Migraines With Botox

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Heather Klanderman tried a range of treatment to ease her migraines, but nothing worked. Then her neurologist recommended Botox injections. Now Heather’s migraines are a thing of the past.

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Tags: Dr. Donn Dexter, Dr. Scott Spritzer, Kerri Crank, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Migraine


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