Mitchel Pierce

First post: Dec 7, 2009 Latest post: Jun 6, 2018
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On Friday, December 4, 2009, after experiencing a sudden onset migraine Mitchel was sent to Oakes for a CT scan to rule out meningitis.  The scan showed no signs of meningitis but instead revealed a vascular malformation of the blood vessels in his brain.  He was transferred to Meritcare Hospital in Fargo, ND.  On Saturday, after further tests revealed an AVM (artereo-veinous malformation) he was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.  On Sunday, December 6 Mitchel underwent a cerebral angiogram and spinal tap.  The angiogram showed a very large (5 to 7 cm, Level V) AVM on his right parietal lobe and the spinal tap confirmed that he had experienced an intracranial hemorrhage.  Because of the size and location of the AVM, the neurosurgeon has decided to consult with Dr. Spetzler from the Barrow Institute in Arizona.

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