Episode 4 – Useful Contacts

PARAGANGLIOMA – Jessica Ashcroft

Paragangliomas are tumours that spring from the cells that form part of the nervous system and can cause severe disruption in the body. Although often benign they grow alongside key organs anywhere between the neck and pelvis. There is no cure and surgery is the best way to treat the tumours.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.netpatientfoundation.org/

 

TRANSVERSE MYELITIS – Michael Hayden

Transverse Myelitis is a neurological condition where the body’s immune system becomes mis-programmed and antibodies attack the insulating layer around the nerves in the spinal cord. This can result in severe symptoms such as limb weakness, back pain, and temporary lower body paralysis.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.myelitis.org.uk/

 

ACROMEGALY – Dan Jeffries

Acromegaly is a condition where the over-production of growth hormone leads to the gradual but excessive growth. The most common symptoms include unusually big hands and feet along with large facial features. Acromegaly is usually caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary gland, where growth hormone is produced.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.pituitary.org.uk/information/pituitary-conditions/acromegaly/