Neurology


March 8, 2019

Epilepsy Treatment Gives Patient New Outlook

Charles Gossow feels more confident about his health now than he ever has before. He was 15 years old when he suffered his first seizure and was diagnosed with a rare neurenteric cyst in the right frontal lobe of his brain. Over the next several decades, Gossow received medication and underwent multiple operations to drain…


Rare Procedure Gets Young Patient Back on Track

Nine-year-old Zane Johnson recently received the “most improved award” in his class and for the first time, he is on the A/B honor roll. These accomplishments mean a lot to Zane and his Benton County family because so much of his life has been interrupted by constant seizures. Zane suffered a stroke in utero, before…


Courtney Cook is Back on Course Because of UAMS

As a healthy, 38-year-old competitive runner, I wasn’t sure what to think about some of the frightening symptoms I was suddenly experiencing. As it turned out, I had endured a stroke and was rushed to UAMS. Through its AR SAVES program, specialists there like Dr. Nicolas Bianchi not only gave me top-notch treatment, but helped…


Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cabot Man

In the neurology clinic at the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute of the UAMS, Dr. W. Steven Metzer performed the initial programming of Tommy Rickman’s deep brain stimulator. “There are four little electrodes down in your brain,” explained Dr. Metzer, a neurologist. “I’m trying to find the best one,” he said. He plugged in…


Five Bentonville Stroke Patients Receive Clot Buster

Rhonda Smith’s stroke was about as severe as they come. Her chance for survival was slim without immediate access to a stroke neurologist who could correctly diagnose her type of stroke so she could receive a powerful clot-dissolving drug. Fortunately, the 42-year-old wife and mother was working just a block away from Northwest Medical Center…


Monticello Woman’s Irregular Heartbeat Cured at UAMS

For most of us, the electrical impulses that keep our heartbeat steady are rarely given much thought. But when the circuitry goes haywire, as it did for Glenda Kay Newton Wood of Monticello, finding the right physician is critical. After nearly four years and two heart bypass surgeries, the situation was dire when Wood found…


Searcy Mom, Teacher Thankful for Stroke Program

Double vision was the first symptom Ticia Covington, 25, of Searcy noticed while she was getting ready for her fifth day as a school teacher. The mother of two called for her husband, Reagan, and asked him if her eyes looked crossed. About that time her right side suddenly weakened, causing her to fall. “Reagan…


UAMS Telemedicine Stroke Program Saves Mena Woman

UAMS telemedicine treatment for Iva Sikes, visiting with her granddaughter Tyra Hobson, meant a complete recovery from a major stroke.  While suffering a major stroke at her home near Mena, Iva Sikes assumed the worst, not knowing that a UAMS-led telemedicine program would provide her a complete recovery. Sikes, who lives alone four miles outside…


New Device Unclogs Stroke Patient’s Veins in Brain

When UAMS patient Glen Deaton arrived at UAMS, large veins that drain blood from his brain were clotting. Salah Keyrouz, M.D., a UAMS stroke neurologist and Glen’s doctor, described it as the worst case he had ever seen. “I didn’t think he was going to make it,” Dr. Keyrouz said. An MRI revealed cerebral venous…


Siblings Face Challenges With Multiple Sclerosis

Brother and sister Ambra Jackson and Bryan Clay share more than just the normal sibling bonds. They also share the challenges that come with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Jackson first noticed a problem in 2001 when she began experiencing blurred and double vision, as well as numbness in her feet. I didn’t really…



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