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Cheryl Burke Reveals Breakthrough Covid Diagnosis!

Cheryl Burke, Dancing with the Stars pro and Dancing with the Stars Season 3 winner, is opening up about her recent diagnosis of Covid. Cheryl was diagnosed in December 2017 after having a seizure while playing on Dancing with the Stars: Live! Just before Christmas, she had a routine MRI that uncovered a tangled mass of blood vessels at the base of her brain.Cheryl Burke, Dancing with the Stars pro and Dancing with the Stars Season 3 winner, is opening up about her recent diagnosis of Covid. Cheryl was diagnosed in December 2017 after having a seizure while playing on Dancing with the Stars: Live! Just before Christmas, she had a routine MRI that uncovered a tangled mass of blood vessels at the base of her brain.

This is the first time she has opened up about her diagnosis, she’s hoping to raise awareness of this rare condition. Just last week, Cheryl visited the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where doctors performed a lifesaving surgery on her. The procedure involved removing a tangled mass of blood vessels from behind her left ear and reconstructing the vein that drains blood from her brain.

Cheryl Burke said of her surgery, “The good news is it’s done!” She added, “It was a long road but I feel better than ever.”

According to research published by Dr. Frank Lin of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio: “Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare disorder of the veins in the brain. In most patients, there is no known cause for this disorder and it can be difficult to treat. A small percentage of cases are caused by a clotting disorder called Factor V Leiden which increases one’s risk for blood clots. Patients with cerebrovenous sinus thrombosis may present with headaches, seizures, stroke-like symptoms including paralysis on opposite side of body or coma.

Diagnosis requires using MRI imaging to look at the veins in the brain or a specialized ultrasound study that looks at cerebral veins.” Dr Lin goes on to say “Symptoms include headache (which occurs in about two-thirds of patients), seizures (20%), stroke symptoms such as paralysis of one side of the body, coma and others. Cerebral sinus thrombosis is a serious illness that requires quick diagnosis and treatment to prevent long-term disability or death.”

Cheryl said of her surgery, “I feel really good and I’m just so happy to be here and alive and thankful for all the support and prayers!” She added, “It was scary but it’s great now because I feel normal again. It was like a cloud lifted off my brain.”

Covid Disease foundation states: “Formation of blood clots in veins which drain from the brain known as cerebral venous thrombosis causes this condition” The disease foundation provides information on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.