UT Health SA Newsroom: Caring for Brianna: VHL (von Hippel-Lindau disease) Dream Team springs into action (Tomlinson)
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The following article is meant to raise awareness of von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) and to help the public learn about state-of-the-art VHL care available in San Antonio. The Mays Cancer Center is recognized as a VHL Clinical Care Center by the VHL Alliance.
Media contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 13, 2021) — Brianna Garcia wondered why her heart raced when she exercised and why she was tired all the time. Her gynecologist in Laredo noticed abnormal periods, high blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar in the 15-year-old.
What could be causing these symptoms?
In April Brianna’s doctor referred her to a team of specialists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a 2½-hour drive away. Six weeks of care followed at University Hospital, a University Health facility, where health science center experts in multiple disciplines unraveled Brianna’s medical mystery.