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Hemangioblastoma Spine Tumor: Bridget’s Story
An avid soccer player, 10-year-old Bridget started to notice weakness in her legs while running. Over the course of a year, her coordination continued to decline. She began to trip often and eventually lost sensation in her right leg.
After an MRI revealed a large hemangioblastoma tumor on her spinal cord, Bridget and her family came to Johns Hopkins for care. There, a multidisciplinary team assembled to get Bridget back on the field, including:
- Interventional radiologists to identify the blood vessels supplying the tumor
- Neurosurgeons to remove the tumor
- Genetic counselors to assess the risk of Bridget’s siblings developing similar tumors
- Physical therapists to help Bridget recover after surgery
Meet Bridget's Team
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Epilepsy Surgery, Hydrocephalus, Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors, Lipoma, Myelomeningocele, Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Skeletal Dysplasias, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Dysraphism
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achondroplasia, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Skeletal Dysplasias
About Hemangioblastoma Tumors
Hemangioblastomas grow from cells in our blood vessels. They typically occur in the spine, brain or eye.
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