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Patti Gilstrap’s Patient Story

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  • AANS Neurosurgical Members
Last updated: July 15, 2024
Neurosurgeon: Gary K. Steinberg, MD, PhD, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif. Patient: Patti A. Gilstrap, age 49, Cavernous Malformations On Nov. 7, 1987, my first bleed presented itself with a first-time generalized seizure. Months following the conclusion of my diagnosis and decision of whom and where to go for surgical treatment, I underwent my first […]
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Claire Snyman’s Patient Story

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  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, FAANS
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore
Last updated: June 26, 2024
Patient: Claire Snyman, 36, Colloid Cyst In 2009, Claire Snyman began to notice she was having difficulty with her short-term memory. Things that she normally had no problem remembering became harder to recall. On May 14, 2010, at the age of 34, she woke to the room spinning. Claire was experiencing her first vertigo attack. Two […]
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Pituitary Gland and Pituitary Tumors

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Last updated: June 26, 2024
The pituitary is a small gland attached to the base of the brain (behind the nose) in an area called the pituitary fossa or sella turcica. The pituitary is often called the “master gland” because it controls the secretion of most of the hormones in the body. A normal pituitary gland weighs less than 1 gram […]
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Brain Tumors

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  • AANS
Last updated: June 25, 2024
A brain tumor, known as an intracranial tumor, is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells.