CBS News Features Mayo Patient with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C


Earlier this week, CBS Evening News featured the story of Mayo Clinic patient Dillon Papier and his family. Six-year-old Dillon has Niemann-Pick disease type C, a  rare inherited disease that affects approximately 1 in 150,000 people. Niemann-Pick disease type C has been called childhood Alzheimer’s.


Click here or the graphic above to view the CBS story, which also includes an interview with Marc Patterson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pediatric neurologist who is leading research into this disease. You also can see an extended interview with Dr. Patterson, in which he describes Niemann-Pick Type C in more detail, on the Mayo Clinic Podcast blog.

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2 Responses to “CBS News Features Mayo Patient with Niemann-Pick Disease Type C”

  1. Carol Says:

    My two year old son has just been diagnosed with Niemann Pick Type C through the Metabolic and Genetics Center at the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Bawle is his specialist and his tissue samples were sent to Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. We have a lot to learn about the disease but our number one priority is to do what we can to prevent of the onset of the syptoms. We would appreciate the opporunity to speak with Dr. Patterson to see if he can help us.

    • Elizabeth Rice Says:

      Thank you for your comment, Carol. I will send you an e-mail about setting up a time to speak with Dr. Patterson.

      All the best,

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