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Learn more about the Johns Hopkins Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery through the eyes of our patients.

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Patricia's Story

After 18 frustrating months without a diagnosis for her problems with balance, memory and bladder function, Delaware resident Patricia's neurologist consulted Abhay Moghekar at the Johns Hopkins Cerebral Fluid Center, where she learned she had normal pressure hydrocephalus. Hear what the team did to get Patricia back to gardening and enjoying life.

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Jill's Story

Hollywood stunt woman, Jill Brown, was diagnosed with a benign convexity meningioma brain tumor and searched for the right doctor and medical team across the country. Watch as she recounts what led her to travel across the country to have her surgery performed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Pat's Story

The changes in her gait, balance and mood were subtle, but Pat noticed them and sought help. An MRI revealed she had an enormous meningioma brain tumor that had been growing for years. Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Jon Weingart performed the surgery that changed Pat’s life.

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William's Story

When William learned his headaches were caused by a complex AVM (an abnormal tangle of vessels in the brain) and multiple associated brain aneurysms, he traveled to see neurosurgeon Geoffrey Colby at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. > Play Now

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Aaron's Story

Aaron was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor pressing on his nerves and putting him at risk for paralysis. He consulted with spine neurosurgeon Ali Bydon to decide on a strategy.

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Luis's Story

Luis and his family traveled from Colima, Mexico for innovative pituitary tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins. A decade later, neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa pays a visit.

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Susan's Story

Jean-Paul Wolinsky, and Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa isolated valuable stem cells from the tumor to help other patients.

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Yanir's Story

Pituitary tumor threatened Yanir’s sight and his life. Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa worked with a multidisciplinary team to help get Yanir, a father and marathon runner, on the road to recovery.

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Jeannie's Story

A viral infection left Jeannie with epilepsy that couldn't be controlled by medication. Drs. Gregory Krauss and William Anderson removed the injured brain tissue. Fifteen months later, Jeannie is seizure-free and enjoying life.

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David's Story

Two accidents and surgeries left David unable to stand up straight or live the active life he loved. Over two days, Dr. Daniel Sciubba reconstructed David's spine so he could stand tall again.

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Amy's Story

At just 47 years old, Amy wasn't expecting a stroke would leave her unable to identify or communicate with her own family members. See how the expertise of Dr. Rafael Llinas helped her get the diagnosis and treatment she needed.

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Michelle's Story

The debilitating facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia prevented Michelle from enjoying the simple pleasures of life like cooking and cycling with her husband. See how microvascular decompression surgery performed by Dr. Michael Lim made her life sweet again.

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Sofia's Story

Diagnosed with an inoperable malignant skull base tumor, Sofia, a Connecticut teenager, came to Johns Hopkins and had her tumor removed with a transnasal endoscopic approach by Johns Hopkins skull base neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Gallia and otolaryngologist, Dr. Masaru Ishii.

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Jeffrey's Story

After being diagnosed with the movement disorder, dystonia, at a young age, Jeffrey received deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine to manage his symptoms. Hear from Jeffrey, his neurologist, Dr. Zoltan Mari and neurosurgeon, Dr. Frederick Lenz.

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Ashley's Story

After visiting 30+ physicians, Ashley was diagnosed with the rare condition known as pseudotumor cerebri. She turned to Johns Hopkins whose experts worked as a team to implant a stent, a new approach to treating this condition.

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Connor's Story

Four-year-old Connor said his arm kept falling asleep. Doctors found that he was having seizures caused by a benign brain tumor. Connor’s family shares their experience with pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Edward Ahn.

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Jack's Story

Born with pediatric craniosynostosis, Jack had minimally invasive surgery performed by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Edward Ahn to correct the skull defect while he was still an infant.

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Perspectives on Healing

Healing is more than medicine. Hear intimate conversations about the importance of knowing the whole patient; from the perspective of patients and caregivers alike.

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Sharon's Story

Sharon and her physicians, neurosurgeon Dr. Quinones and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Boahene, share how they removed a skull base meningioma tumor through her eyelid.

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Javier's Story

Javier and his family share their experience at Johns Hopkins Medicine, after seeking treatment following a diagnosis of a Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA) tumor.

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Carlos Luceno's Story

Diagnosed with a grade II astrocytoma brain tumor, Carlos Luceno is currently living with brain cancer. Carlos is receiving his treatment and care from Dr Henry Brem.

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Lester Picker's Story

Dr. Raphael Tamargo "clips" an aneurysm on the ophthalmic nerve of patient Lester Picker, preventing it from rupturing.

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Nancy Baron's Story

Nancy Baron's brain tumor was treated at the first hospital in MD with a dual-room intraoperative CT scanner and image-guided surgery system for neurosurgery.

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Dr. Olachi Mezu's Story

Patient Dr Olachi Mezu suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while traveling. When another hospital wanted to discharge her, she turned to Hopkins.

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Roderick Ball's Story

Diagnosed with a schwannoma tumor (schwannomatosis), Roderick Ball Jr., and his family came to Johns Hopkins to have the tumor, which had grown through his abdomen, lower back and spinal column, treated.

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