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#MayoClinicNeuroChat about Congenital Anomalies of Brain and Skull

Posted by @Margaret_Marie, Fri, Mar 10 8:41am

Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, neurosurgeon, and Dr. Mai-Lan Ho, neuroradiologist, talk about congenital anomalies of the brain and skull.

Learn more about:

  • Causes
  • Risk factors
  • Treatment

Drs. Wetjen and Ho answer questions live during the event. 



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Posted by @tonyc55, Fri, Mar 10 10:07pm

Corticobasal syndrome do you have a medication for it?

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Posted by @colleenyoung, Mon, Mar 13 9:11pm

@tonyc55, you asked “Corticobasal syndrome do you have a medication for it?”

According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders: “There is no specific treatment that slows down the progression of corticobasal degeneration. Treatment is directed toward the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual, although most cases prove resistant to such therapy.” You can read more on their website here:

You may also be interested in reading about this clinical study at Mayo Clinic
– Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

Tony, do you have corticobasal degeneration?


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Posted by @tonij8281, Mon, Mar 13 12:38am

I’ve had trigeminal neuralgia for 15 yrs.Does any one the intense pain it causes in the face? Medication is a must to keep the electric shock like pain away. Does any one know what I experience?

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Posted by @colleenyoung, Mon, Mar 13 9:15pm

Welcome to Connect, @tonij8281.
You are not alone. We have several members on Connect talking about trigeminal neuralgia. I invite you to join the other members in the Trigeminal Neuralgia discussion group here:

Posted by @Margaret_Marie, Mon, Mar 27 9:43am

Hi @tonij8281. Here is a response from Dr. Ho: “Trigeminal neuralgia is a very painful and debilitating disorder. Depending on the cause, there may be other treatment options available to you including gamma knife radiosurgery, trigeminal nerve radiofrequency ablation, rhizotomy, and neurovascular decompression.”

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Posted by @dink75, Fri, Mar 17 9:20pm

I have Chiari Malformation and had 3 brain surgeries where the patch was used. The patch leaked twice. I did not suffer from hydrocephalus so no shunt was needed. I am now having severe inner cranial pressure and drainage of spinal fluid from my nose at times. Will a shunt help resolve this? I now have lupus that manifested after my surgeries so I am dealing with that as well as the chiari. Thank you for listening!

Posted by @Margaret_Marie, Fri, Mar 24 4:26pm

Hi @dink75. Dr. Wetjen and Dr. Ho did respond to your question during today’s Facebook Live. The video is available to view up above.

Posted by @kanaazpereira, Sat, Mar 18 2:29pm

Hello @dink75,

Welcome to Connect, and thank you for introducing yourself to the Brain & Nervous system group.

I’d like you to meet a few members who are familiar with Chiari Malformation. @johnnie @anorwalk @trouse @sweetthing111059 @spoiledheather @ginabee @staceybeyer @ashleybryant @david33 @maidmarion @vbrunette @mkell13 @scotthinojosa @ajgray @donnak69 @smann68 @cynaburst @cnoethe, do you have any insight that might help @dink75?

Deana, what explanation or suggestions has your care team offered, for the complications you mention?

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Posted by @dink75, Mon, Mar 20 5:40am

My next step is going to Vanderbilt to meet with the neuro team there. My original 3 were done here at UT. I feel that after 3 brain surgeries I should not be suffering as I do with such severe inner cranial pressure. It’s almost unbearable. I just wanted opinions from experts if this is “normal”. Not that any of this is.

Posted by @kanaazpereira, Mon, Mar 20 7:45am

Hi @dink75,

While we wait for for other members to join in, I was wondering if your healthcare team had talked about reducing pressure by surgery? Here is some information from Mayo Clinic about the various treatment paths:

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Posted by @colleenyoung, Mon, Mar 20 5:39pm

Deana @dink75,
I encourage you to join these active conversations about Chiari Malformation on Connect and connect with others:

– Chiari malformation type 1,
– Chiari Malformation type 1, Addison’s Disease, Steroid induced diabetes


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Posted by @vbrunette, Mon, Mar 20 5:45pm

Thank you!

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Posted by @dink75, Mon, Mar 20 8:03pm

@kanaazpereira thank you for responding to my question. And the short answer is no I have not spoken to my neurosurgeon about any further problems that I have since developed. I was 34 before my condition was diagnosed and corrected. Everything moved so fast at that time. Of course many symptoms have since subsided. But like I mentioned the severe headaches, severe nausea, and vomiting that is associated has since developed. Not daily, but they are occurring more that 2 or 3 times a month. I honestly send most of time just laying in bed or the couch because of my Chiari symptoms and lupus. So I needed guidance on what to do next? Also is Vanderbilt the best place to go since I do not feel comfortable with the neurosurgeon I had at UT here in Knoxville? Again sorry for the length of my response..

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Posted by @colleenyoung, Mon, Mar 20 8:45pm

Hi Deana,
You may wish to read Nikki’s story here:
It is important to do your research to find the care that is best for you, and where you can be a respected partner in your care. Vanderbilt ranks high in several specialty areas. However, it ranks #43 for Neurology & Neurosurgery with a score of 60.8/100
If you would like to find out more about options at Mayo Clinic, please contact us at the location of your choice

We have sent your questions to the doctors presenting.


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Posted by @upartist, Mon, Mar 20 7:04am

I am interested in congenital overgrowth of the right mandible possibly causing Eustachian tube obstruction, leading to significant chronic ear infections. I am currently treated with continual ear tubes on that side, but the infections are getting frequent again and less responsive to antibiotics. These infections make me quite sick. I am a 60 year old female with a long history of repeated ruptures of the right ear drum. Should this be further evaluated, and are there other treatment options out there?

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