Solving a Medical Mystery

It had been almost twenty years since Sharon Beckwith felt well. Diabetes, osteoporosis, migraines and unexplained weight gain were just some of the conditions she battled. When she began feeling numbness and tingling in her hand, her doctor ordered an MRI to investigate this neuropathy. It revealed a benign tumor on her pituitary gland that was causing /Cushing’s disease, a serious disorder of the endocrine system.

In an extremely complex and delicate surgery, Neurosurgeon Frank Culicchia, MD removed the tumor by accessing the brain through a sall incision in the upper lip. Ten months after the surgery, Sharon Beckwith says she’s gotten her life back and is grateful that she was able to undergo the complicated neurosurgery right here in New Orleans.

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