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Neurology & Neurosurgery

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


September 26, 2018

Two Neurosurgeries Drive Dramatic Recovery

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When Bob Goldberg was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, he was dubious and decided to get another opinion at Mayo Clinic. A year later, after two successful surgeries, Bob can once again think clearly and walk on his own.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Dr. Joshua Hughes, Dr. Orhum Kantarci, Hydrocephalus, Spinal stenosis


September 25, 2018

Using Expertise and Teamwork to Tackle a Brain Tumor

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After being plagued by mysterious symptoms for more than a year, Richard Uihlein was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told nothing could be done about it. Undeterred, he went to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There he found a way forward after all. 

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Tags: Brain cancer research, Craniopharygioma, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Proton Beam Therapy, Regenerative Medicine


September 20, 2018

Toddler’s Personalized Care Sparks Enormous Strides

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Affected by a rare neuromuscular condition, Katie Emerson was beset by extreme muscle weakness that affected her ability to eat, speak and move. Then her mother learned about a Mayo Clinic physician whose pioneering research into Katie’s condition gave the child a chance at normalcy.

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, Dr. Andrew Engel, Dr. Duygu Selcen


September 14, 2018

Released to Reengage With Life

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Weighed down by pain and weakness, Valieda Burns became confined and isolated. But neurosurgery to decompress her spine freed her to once again be active, engaged and connected with others.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Spinal cord compression


August 27, 2018

Getting Bob Back on His Feet

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Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life.

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Tags: Dr. Benjamin Elder, Dr. Christopher Boes, Dr. David Jones, Dr. Jeremy Cutsforth-Gregory, Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, Dr. Shannon Chiu, Hydrocephalus, Neurosurgery, Normal pressure hydrocephalus


August 13, 2018

Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions

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After multiple concussions and memory loss, professional football player Ben Utecht went to Mayo Clinic for help. Since then, Ben’s gained insight into the importance of promptly recognizing and treating concussions. Now he’s dedicated to sharing that knowledge with others.

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Tags: Brain injury, concussion, Dr. Bradley Boeve


August 10, 2018

Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

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Keith Bruno’s family history of aneurysms prompted his primary care physician to order a CT scan during a routine physical. That test and the surgery that followed it saved Keith’s life.

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Tags: Brain Aneurysm, Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Richard Engle, Neurosurgery


August 9, 2018

Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past

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Michele Krause’s fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change when she heard a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure.

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Neurosurgery, Spinal Fusion


July 20, 2018

Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence

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Kelly Daniels tried to control her seizures with medications. But the drugs were ineffective, and they left her feeling disoriented. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had brain surgery that stopped the seizures and put her life back on track.

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery


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