rare diseases

POEM brings student relief from unusual swallowing disorder

December 07, 2015 | Patricia Harriman

It took a year before college freshman Katie Hawkins’ trouble swallowing food was diagnosed as achalasia. Relieved to know what was wrong, she was even happier to find that her condition could be treated with a minimally invasive procedure called POEM at the UC Irvine Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. Read More


9-year-old smiles through 17th surgery

October 31, 2015 | Patricia Harriman

At 9 years old, Jordan Gray has already had almost twice that number of surgeries to correct deformities in her hands and feet caused by a condition called amniotic banding syndrome that developed during her mother’s pregnancy. With a little help from the UC Irvine Health Child Life Program, Jordan underwent a successful surgery this week to strengthen her transplanted thumb. Read More