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Duke Team Safely Removes Rare Brain Abnormality

In Fall 2021, Chase Conklin began experiencing blurry vision, fatigue, brain fog, and balance problems, but she ignored her symptoms. In early 2022, then 31-year-old Conklin had two strokes within a month. Doctors near her home in South Mills, NC, didn’t find the cause until five months later, when Conklin was diagnosed with a cavernoma: a tangled, leaky bundle of blood vessels in her brain. Since undergoing surgery at Duke University Hospital to remove the cavernoma in Fall 2022, Conklin is back to caring for her busy family and running a small business. “I wouldn't be where I am at today if it weren’t for Duke,” Conklin said.

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What You Need to Know About Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for epilepsy uses electrical impulses to prevent and reduce seizure severity and frequency, but is it right for you? Here, Duke Health experts answer frequently asked questions to help you decide.

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Is Endometriosis Causing Your Painful Periods?

If you experience extremely painful periods, don’t ignore it. It’s important to seek care from an obstetrician-gynecologist as these symptoms may signal endometriosis. The painful condition affects an estimated 6.5 million women in the U.S., but is often undiagnosed. That is a concern because endometriosis can cause scarring and inflammation, which can lead to infertility if left untreated. Here, Duke Health minimally invasive gynecology surgeon Amy Broach, MD, answers frequently asked questions about endometriosis including its symptoms, testing, and treatment options.

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