Patient stories

  1. Genetic Testing Reveals Answers During Long Medical Odyssey

    Debra, Kyle and Todd Christy After searching nearly three decades for an explanation to his challenging medical problems, whole-exome sequencing at Mayo Clinic finally provided the information Kyle Christy needed to better understand his condition and chart a way forward. At age 27, Kyle Christy has defied the odds. He was born with seemingly insurmountable [...]

  2. Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future

    When Stephanie Van Doren came to Mayo Clinic, she never expected to learn she had a genetic defect that raised her risk for a potentially fatal heart condition. But thanks to her physician's all-inclusive approach, Stephanie and her family now have information they need to live life to the fullest. Abdominal issues and difficulty swallowing [...]

  3. Genetic Sleuths Dig Deep to Identify a Young Boy's Rare Condition

    When Karter Malcomson was born, his care team knew it was likely he had a genetic disorder. But a clear diagnosis was elusive. That's when the functional genomics team at Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine went to work. And they didn't give up until they had an answer. Karter Malcomson coos and swivels his [...]

  4. After Years of Pain, a Clear Diagnosis Restores a Teen's Life

    Written by Sanan Malkadjian I was only 14 at the time. I would be ashamed of myself because of how often my stomach hurt. It came to a point where no one would believe the excruciating pain I was facing. This was pain unlike no other. My doctors here in Michigan would blame one another. [...]

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