Diagnosis and Treatment for a Rare Disease Brings Back Trish Byrd’s Hearing and Optimism
In spring 2016, Trish Byrd went deaf and no one knew why. With constant ear pain and the inability to hear, Trish saw seven different doctors, but none of them could give her an answer. Trish was nearing the end of her options and met with an ear, nose and throat specialist at Mayo Clinic. “It took him 67 minutes to figure out what was wrong,” said Trish. She had a rare disease called granulomatosis with polyangiitis, which can cause inflammation of blood vessels in noses, sinuses, throat, lungs and kidneys. Trish says visiting Mayo Clinic made all the difference because her team gave her a clear, calm explanation of the condition and the treatment she needed.