Thursday, July 29, 2010

Featured Diseases and Medical Practices at Mass General

Ron with his son

Episode 3: patient Ron Haynes' rare brain tumor - Esthesioneuroblastoma Esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), also called olfactory neuroblastoma, is a rare cancer of the upper part of the nasal cavity. It develops in nerve tissue associated with the sense of smell and can occur in people of any age. The cause is unknown. Although an esthesioneuroblastoma generally grows slowly, it can sometimes become a fast-growing tumors that can metastasize (spread) even many years after treatment of the initial tumor. Recurrent or metastatic tumors can be difficult to treat successfully. When diagnosed in its early stages, esthesioneuroblastoma can often be treated successfully with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.

Martin with his MGH caregiver, Kim Parks, DO

Episode 5: patient Marvin Pollet has a rare heart disease - Cardiac amyloidosis. Amyloidosis refers to a family of diseases in which there is a buildup of proteins called amyloids in body tissues and organs. These proteins slowly replace normal tissue, leading to failure of the involved organ. Cardiac amyloidosis ("stiff heart syndrome") occurs when the protein deposits take the place of normal heart muscle. It is the most typical type of restrictive cardiomyopathy. Cardiac amyloidosis may affect the way electrical signals move through the heart, causing arrhythmias and heart blockages.


Episode 6: newborn Michael Cyr is born with a congenital malformation - Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR). TAPVR is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, the vessels that bring oxygen-rich (red) blood back to the heart from the lungs are improperly connected.

Other MGH areas and medical practices featured in "Boston Med"

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Nursing education and training

Preparing future health care professionals

Emergency Medicine

Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine/PICU

Obstretrics and Gynecology/Labor and Delivery

Gynecologic cancers


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