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Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient Stories

With a team of internationally recognized pediatric neurosurgeons – our pediatric patients have access to the latest treatments available as well as compassionate family-centered care. View all stories.

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Chiari Malformation: Adelynn's Story

As a baby, Adelynn was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation that was interfering with her ability to eat, sleep and breathe. Her family made the trip from South Carolina to Johns Hopkins, where they met with experts in pulmonology, pediatric otolaryngology and pediatric neurosurgery, including pediatric neurosurgeon Eric Jackson, M.D. Learn more about Adelynn's story.

Pediatric Brain Tumor: Declan's Story

Five-year-old Declan had an MRI to monitor a growth hormone deficiency. Afterward, his parents got shocking news: The scan showed Declan had a large craniopharyngioma brain tumor. The family found themselves at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where Declan had brain surgery the next day. Watch neurosurgeon Alan Cohen and the pediatric neurosurgical team discuss how they removed this tumor.


Brain Tumor Center Patient Stories

With thousands of neurosurgeries performed each year– our patients have access to the most highly specialized care available. See the personal stories shared by our brain tumor surgery patients. View all stories.

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Cushing Syndrome and Pituitary Tumor: Neale's Story

Neale Osenburg had a number of health problems due to advanced Cushing syndrome, and sought help from pituitary expert Dr. Roberto Salvatori. After locating a tumor on Neale’s pituitary gland that was causing the Cushing syndrome, Drs. Gary Gallia and Masaru Ishii took on the challenging surgery. With the hormone-secreting tumor gone, Neale is slowly getting back to normal.

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Spine Center Patient Stories

While each patient’s treatment experience is unique, we hope that by sharing these spine surgery stories, you will see why people come to Johns Hopkins for world-renowned, individualized care. View all stories.

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Chordoma: Susan's Story

Susan, a busy, active woman with no previous health problems, was shocked to be diagnosed with a rare spine tumor called a ch ordoma. Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Daniel Sciubba and a well-coordinated team helped her face the challenging surgery to address it.

Read her story.

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Herniated Disk: Marouane's Story

An active former firefighter and doctoral candidate benefits from minimally invasive spine surgery just in time for his graduation.

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Cerebrovascular Surgery Patient Stories

Our comprehensive team of cerebrovascular specialists including neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and neurologists, is dedicated to providing the best care and outcomes to our patients with cerebrovascular disorders. View all stories.

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Aneurysm: Brianna's Story

California teenager Brianna Atkins faced the reality of a life-threatening brain aneurysm with little hope for treatment options. Johns Hopkins aneurysm experts used an innovative, minimally invasive flow diversion approach that gave Brianna the chance to lead a normal life.

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Aneurysm: Laurie's Story

When Laurie Jean Cannady faced surgery for a brain aneurysm, it felt like more than she could handle. But she found the options she needed and an innovative new procedure.

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Epilepsy Surgery Patient Stories

Surgery for epilepsy may sound drastic, but operative procedures may offer lasting relief for seizures that can't be controlled with medications. See how experts at the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center offer hope to patients with challenging seisures.

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Benign Brain Tumor: Connor's Story

Four-year-old Connor said his arm kept falling asleep. Doctors found that he was having seizures caused by a Dr. Edward Ahn.

Functional Neurosurgery Patient Stories

People diagnosed with movement disorders such as dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, and conditions like epilepsy may benefit from surgery. Watch to see why patients seek the expertise of Johns Hopkins neurologists and neurosurgeons.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Michelle's Story

Michelle's debilitating facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from enjoying even simple pleasures. See how microvascular decompression surgery performed by Dr. Michael Lim gave Michelle her life back


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