A multidisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians at the University of Minnesota is studying trigeminal neuralgia. The condition causes acute, chronic pain to arise along the trigeminal nerve, the largest of the cranial nerves, which is responsible for sensation in the face and mouth. The group recently hosted Tina Doshi, MD, assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD. They "invited me to come out and look at how they assess their facial pain patients, what things they do for them and learn a little bit more about good ways to approach these really challenging patients,” she said.
To see more patients, both adult and children, the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital recently expanded its staff and the hours they work to better serve their patients.
When Twin Cities resident Deb de Vries reached U of M Neurosurgery Department scheduler Bob Dickhausen, she was at the end of her rope. “It was a Friday afternoon, I had been bounced around by everyone, and had an appointment in another clinic cancelled,” she explained. “When I got Bob on the phone, I was crying. He said to me, ‘Let’s start your profile,’ and promised that I would be called the next week. There was something so comforting about that. He did a great job and it made all the difference.”
Intracranial aneurysms are like ticking time bombs in the brain. When an aneurysm ruptures, mortality varies between 30% to 60% and about 66% of survivors have significant, disabling neurologic deficits. While treatable, current therapies are associated with high complication rates, including stroke or death. The cause of intracranial aneurysms remains unknown and what is known about their expansion and rupture remains controversial.
Sometimes, it takes determination and persistence to get your child what they need. Autumn Lyons of Sturgis, SD, discovered that as she tried to get medical help for her nine-year-old daughter, Mallory.