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  • Medscape
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  • (August 20, 2019)

In episode 2 of the new, seven-episode Netflix docu-series titled "Diagnosis" (now streaming and based on the long-running New York Times Magazine column of the same name) 7-year-old Sadie Gonzalez from Queens, who suddenly began suffering seizures is given the devastating diagnosis of Rasmussen's Encephalitis and told a damaging surgery is the only option by doctors at another prominent New York hospital. When her parents seek a second opinion with Saadi Ghatan, MD, director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program for the Mount Sinai Health System and Lara Marcuse, MD, co-director of the Mount Sinai Epilepsy Program, they learn there is another option. Dr. Ghatan explains that there is a less-invasive surgery - a "pacemaker" for the brain that "learns" her seizure patterns and delivers electrical stimulation to stop them in their tracks. The episode follows Sadie's and her family's journey through the decision-making process and successful surgery at Mount Sinai.

(episode 2 available to stream on Netflix)

— Saadi Ghatan, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiSite Chair, Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, the Mount Sinai Health System, 

— Lara Marcuse, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Director, Mount Sinai Epilepsy Program

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Additional coverage: USA Today