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Mike Patterson has brain condition that caused seizure

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After suffering a seizure at practice on Wednesday, Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson sent out word via text that he’s fine.

While that message indicated that he was stable and showing no further signs of distress, subsequent tests revealed a potentially serious condition in his brain.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Patterson has a “brain AVM,” a congenital tangle of blood vessels in his skull.  Patterson will need surgery or radiation to repair the situation.  Per Paolantonio, the Eagles are consulting with specialists before deciding on a course of treatment.

Here’s hoping that “the Eagles” include Patterson in that decision-making process.

We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.

And finally we hope that the Eagles and every NFL team will have ambulances present at every practice.  The fact that it took 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive doesn’t exactly mesh with the league’s new obsession with safety.  In cases of serious injury or illness, those 15 minutes could have a huge impact on the outcome of the situation.

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  1. ninjapleazee says: Aug 4, 2011 9:20 AM

    wish him the best

  2. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:21 AM

    Eagles or not, hate to see something like that. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. Get well soon.

  3. drmonkeyarmy says: Aug 4, 2011 9:23 AM

    In many respects, he is lucky. Sometimes the first symptom of this condition is paralysis/death caused by a stroke. His career is over, however. Sad news for him. I just hope that he gets this taken care of and doesn’t lose any of his cognitive or motor functions following surgery.

  4. typhilly21 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:24 AM

    Wow. I hope he recovers. Prayers going up for him.

  5. donovanmcflabb says: Aug 4, 2011 9:25 AM

    “…we hope that the Eagles and every NFL team will have ambulances present at every practice. The fact that it took 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive doesn’t exactly mesh with the league’s new obsession with safety. In cases of serious injury or illness, those 15 minutes could have a huge impact on the outcome of the situation.”

    Excellent point.

    Also, not every team’s first round pick (Danny Watkins) is a professionally-trained EMT.

  6. bdawk20 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:26 AM

    Scary situation – glad they found it this way though vs. after it’s too late.

  7. mykelane says: Aug 4, 2011 9:26 AM

    We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.
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    so you posted the story without knowing? eh, what else is new

  8. ravens26 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:26 AM

    All my best to Mike and his family. hang in there, get well and see you on the field!!

  9. sneschalmers says: Aug 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    Patterson actually got really lucky. Yesterday just happened to be the Eagles 1st round pick Danny Watkins’ first day of practice. Watkins was a volunteer firefighter and was able to quickly assist the trainers in stabilizing Patterson before the ambulances got there

  10. wryly1 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    Godspeed.

  11. thewizardsrevenge says: Aug 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    Sorry to hear. Best wishes.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    and they just traded bunks

  13. nolarules says: Aug 4, 2011 9:29 AM

    I had the exact same thing when I was 15 and was able to make a full recovery to the point where it has no impact on my life. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family in this terrifying time. He is lucky to have had this pop up earlier rather than later. The survival rate of this type of condition plummets once you get beyond your mid thirties.

  14. iggles20 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:30 AM

    I agree about the ambulance. I thought it took too long yesterday as well. Poor Mike. I hope he can get the treatment he needs. And I hope that he a sizeable amount of guaranteed money since it’s unlikely he’ll play (or should play) again.

  15. dciggles says: Aug 4, 2011 9:30 AM

    Best wishes to you Mike. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

    As for the 15 minutes for an ambulance, you can’t ever predict that something bizarre like this condition would occur.

    I’m all for increasing safety though.

  16. mswravens says: Aug 4, 2011 9:31 AM

    The first reaction is to feel sorry for the guy, because his career may be over…

    But taking in the global picture, he’s extremely lucky, especially given the violence in football, that his AVM was diagnosed before it caused serious permanent injury or death.

    Best wishes on a full recovery, and a happy, stable, post-football career!

  17. powderedme says: Aug 4, 2011 9:31 AM

    I’m with Cowboysfan.

    As a Giants fan, I have no love for the Eagles as a team, but you never like to see anyone seriously hurt.

    Get well soon, Mike.

  18. legaleagle513 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:32 AM

    God bless. I hope he make a full recovery for a normal life.

  19. phreud69 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:32 AM

    “We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.”

    Good point. What are the rules about what can/cannot be disclosed about an athlete’s health? I assume their is some sort of waiver the players sign that allow teams to disclose the nature of injuries to the public at their discretion. However, even if that is true, this is a medical condition that is unrelated to his playing/practicing performance. That it was discovered as an indirect result of something that happened on the practice field shouldn’t change that.

    HIPAA rules still apply, right? It would seem he would have to give his permission for this condition to be made public.

    Hope his career is not in jeopardy.

  20. stevemcguigan says: Aug 4, 2011 9:32 AM

    Here’s hoping it’s not too serious, for Mike’s sake and that of his family.

    In the end, it’s just a game. We don’t need folks dying out there.

  21. miamimike1 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:34 AM

    It makes you realize that as fans we get caught up in the sport itself as we should. But we then realize the guys playing the sport are actual human beings and not part of Madden video games. We can love our team and hate their rivals but we should all only wish the best for a player who goes through something as serious as this. GET WELL AND COME BACK AND PLAY THE SPORT WE ALL LOVE AS FANS!!

  22. bhindenemylines says: Aug 4, 2011 9:35 AM

    Sorry to hear about the condition. Hope he is able to overcome it and live a long productive life.

  23. eaglesfan4life says: Aug 4, 2011 9:36 AM

    As a man first and a lifelong eagles fan second, I will keep Mike and his family in my prayers. You may now be in for a battle tougher than any you may have waged on the field Godspeed!!

  24. tundey says: Aug 4, 2011 9:36 AM

    I agree on the availability of ambulances at practice sessions. Especially if they are going to hold them in this heat. Also, regardless of it being an NFL camp, 15 minutes is way too long for an ambulance.

  25. jasonfinfan says: Aug 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    His career is not necessarily over, Brain AVM’s are pretty treatable with an 80 percent success rate on radiation treatment.

    Its not cancer so if you remove most of the AVM which is on the outside of the Brain, he will have no further bleeding.

  26. breeshasasprole says: Aug 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    I have seizures and the doctors can never explain them… maybe its something like this, scary. I’m glad dude is ok but i felt horrible when i saw this on sports center bc seizures freakin suck, you can be acting completely normal one second and then the next thing you know ur laying around trying to figure out whats going on and why everyone is looking at you. I know from mine that they aren’t painful while they go on (ive been told they are tough to witness) but never the less they are still scary and serious. Get well man!

  27. tbpdog says: Aug 4, 2011 9:38 AM

    hate to see it, whish him all the best and a full recovery.

    The Eagles will probably try and cut him then sue him for the remainder of his signing bonus.

  28. gcsuk says: Aug 4, 2011 9:39 AM

    Giants fan wishing Patterson the best. Never want to see something this serious no matter what team.

  29. duraco20 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:39 AM

    Sorry to hear that. Mike and his family are definitely in my prayers. Times like this are when we should realize football isn’t quite as important as we make it out to be.

  30. readingrugby7 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:39 AM

    Yeah bring bunk back for that fifth rd pick lol seriously! But really that’s a serious matter life threatening I wouldn’t worry about football at all if I was him get that brain taking care of!

  31. outsyderz34 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:42 AM

    I think people are putting too much into the story of Watkins being there. He himself stated he really didn’t do much.

    And if people saw Burkholder’s press conference, he stated he has a doctor with him at all times. The doctor gave Patterson an IV on the field, but felt he didn’t require medication (which he didn’t). It’s not as if the Eagles had a former fire fighter and an athletic trainer there and nothing else.

    The response time for the ambulance is a bad part about this. I’m not sure what was going on. I’ve been to Eagles TC before and I’ve seen ambulances over by the team dressing area.

  32. Topher says: Aug 4, 2011 9:43 AM

    Except the trainers for an NFL are the trained first responders so it isn’t as important as, say, a HS football practice.

  33. laeaglefan says: Aug 4, 2011 9:45 AM

    Even if Danny Watkins ends up being a total bust as a football player, he just may be one of the most valuable Eagles ever.

  34. stinkfingers says: Aug 4, 2011 9:50 AM

    Best of luck, Big Mike.

    Get well soon.

  35. hank10 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:51 AM

    According to the Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group:

    – it’s a very rare condition, occurring in less than 1% of the general population

    -Treatment is offered is to try to prevent bleeding from the AVM. Bleeding may injure the surrounding brain resulting in a stroke , with possible permanent disability or even death. The risk of bleeding is 4% per year, which means that 4 out of every 100 people with an AVM will have a bleed (hemorrhage) during any one year. AVM’s may also produce headaches, seizures and progressive paralysis, and the treatment may alleviate these symptoms.

    -Once the AVM is removed surgically it will not recur.

    -If radiation is used, it will take 2-3 years (in 80% of cases) for the AVM to shrivel up and close off.

    Here’s hoping for a full recovery.

  36. deadmanwalking47 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    if this kid has a brain condition,he should retire for his own sake!no sport is worth giving your life for!

  37. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    Wholeheartedly agree with the take on ambulances. How can almost every high school game I have attended (soccer and football) have an ambulance present yet the NFL with their loads of financial resources cannot?

  38. ytsejamer1 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:05 AM

    We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.
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    I too was wondering as they spent a good ten minutes discussing this guy’s medical status and whatnot. The Eagle’s trainer was up there having a press conference about it. Seemed like the trainer was being a bit of a blowhard for the media.

    Glad the training staff did a good job and got Patterson where he needed to be and kudos to them for that most importantly. Hope he gets well and fully recovers.

    Anyone know if there’s ANY possibility of him returning to the field? I mean, Tedy Bruschi DID have a stroke and made a successful comeback.

  39. janvanflac says: Aug 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    i feel terrible for Patterson, who clearly won’t be able to play this year, if ever. However, he is very very fortunate that this was discovered before it ruptured….I could imagine if that happened during a game it could be fatal.

  40. jpiro says: Aug 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    NFL teams make plenty of money to afford an ambulance and EMT staff to be present at every walk-through, practice, game, weight room session, etc. No excuse not to mandate that immediately.

  41. kingjoe1 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:15 AM

    It may appear 15 minutes is a long time, but additional facts are they have an emergency room physician there at all times along with other EMT’s. I am not sure that a vehicle sitting there would hasten a response time one bit. But of course those don’t know love to judge the most.

  42. eagles420 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:16 AM

    Get better big Mike Patt!!!

  43. lewsblues says: Aug 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    “And finally we hope that the Eagles and every NFL team will have ambulances present at every practice.”

    If I were a team owner, I would have a doctor present any time these players are involved in contact … too much money involved to take a chance that a small delay might have a negative consequence ….

  44. melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 10:26 AM

    The response time for the ambulance is a bad part about this. I’m not sure what was going on. I’ve been to Eagles TC before and I’ve seen ambulances over by the team dressing area.

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    Lurie has given out over $100 million in contracts to free agents in the last week or so. Gotta make up for it somewhere, I guess.

  45. philtvc65 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:34 AM

    Good luck big guy, team loyalty don’t matter when it comes to this, from Skins Nation, get well soon Mike.

  46. wolfinout says: Aug 4, 2011 10:39 AM

    I live right by Eagles training camp and it doesn’t surprise me how long it took to get an ambulance there. You can’t get anywhere in this area quickly anymore because of all the construction around their camp and the closest hospital.

    Hope everything works out for him and hopefully they learned their lesson about not having an ambulance on standby.

  47. bluvayner says: Aug 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    It would be nice to have an ambulance follow me around everywhere I go just in case I get into an accident…… but the reality is that it’s not practical. During the course of an NFL football season, how many practices are held, and how many times is someone rushed away from practice in an ambulance with something that is critical ?

    My guess is that there are at least 3 to 4 thousand practices a year league wide, and a true medical emergency probably only arrises only once every few years. Additionally, teams have trained medical personnel (trainers) at every practice.

    Having an ambulance at every game makes sense. Having one at every practice would be impractical, and a waste of valuable resourses.

  48. drbob117 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:46 AM

    The Eagles are like the Kremlin in terms of info, so if this got out it’s because Patterson told them they might as well just reveal the condition instead of having everyone in the media speculate about why his 2011 season is over. The Eagles have an ER doc at every practice; if the ambulance had left for the hospital sooner( because it was there sooner), it wouldn’t have changed anything in this case.

  49. bleedgreen says: Aug 4, 2011 10:48 AM

    So you’re semi-critical of of the team for disclosing Patterson’s condition, but you were semi-critical of the team for NOT disclosing Maclin’s? So which one is it?

    Or did you not realize HIPAA laws existed until 30 people mentioned it in the comments of the Maclin story yesterday?

  50. aneaglesfan says: Aug 4, 2011 10:49 AM

    Get well soon Mike. It was nice seeing you in green and silver.

    The Eagles have been using that training facility for pre season for a while now. On top of having the normal training/medical staff on site they also have an ER Dr. present at the all practices. The problem is not the Eagles did or did not have the option of having an ambulance present it is a rural area that the college is at where they train.

  51. creo13 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    I was just at Eagles TC on Monday. There was an ambulance not more than 200 yeards away from where this all took place. Not sure how/why it would take 15 minutes for it o get to him.

  52. jo3jo says: Aug 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    15 minutes for an ambulance isn’t that long a period of time in most metropolitan areas.

  53. tradeassociation says: Aug 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    @jo3jo:

    The issue is that an NFL practice facility is a place where severe injuries have a much greater chance of occurring than, say, a software company or a law office. Then again, I would much rather have emergency resources and personnel dedicated to helping and saving “average joes” out there than celebrities. I am absolutely opposed to an ambulance being present at every NFL practice if it means one less ambulance being available to help victims of car crashes and fires.

  54. chescobirdfan says: Aug 4, 2011 11:05 AM

    Skins Nation from Eagles Nation.. Thank you for the kind words.. Our Loyalty to our teams means very little when these things occur.. It’s our loyalty to mankind which clearly overshadows everything at times like these. Get well Mike and God bless..

  55. jluttrell32 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    It wasn’t a vicious hit to the head shown on live tv so I doubt Mr. Goodell’s ego will get involved.

  56. eaglesfan244 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:28 AM

    When a million people have you in their thoughts in a positive way, you get the best quality doctor that specializes in AVMs and you follow the treatment to the letter of the care plan…then we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Mike Patterson the man will live a long and healthy life. If he happens to be Mike Patterson the Eagle Player, back in the lineup…all the better, but your your sir, take care of yourself and be with fmily and heal. We love you for all you have done for our team and for the hopes of everything you may have left in the tank. All the best!

  57. jroman11 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:31 AM

    I was at camp last Saturday and an ambulance was present that day. Not sure why it took 15 minutes (if it really did), but I would imagine that all teams must have an ambulance present. With all of the injuries that happen in football, it would be silly not to have one nearby.

  58. kaf39 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:44 AM

    Get well soon!

  59. greenbaypeckers says: Aug 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    Also, not every team’s first round pick (Danny Watkins) is a professionally-trained EMT.
    _________________________________

    Great Point! and not a bad hockey player from what I hear.

  60. t16rich says: Aug 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    It’s nice to see the comments posted by rival fans. A little NFC East love wont kill us for one topic. Get better Mike, your family, team and fans will be supporting you.

  61. Derty Ernie says: Aug 4, 2011 12:20 PM

    Guy is lucky to be alive. Hopefully surgery goes well and he lives a long life.
    If my recollection is correct, OSHA requires work sites (usually rural) to be within 15 minutes of a rescue unit or that worksite must have a trained first aid worker there.

    Our State transportation dept used to require us to have a trained first aid person until OSHA changed the law. 15 minutes in a rural location is pretty standard.

  62. sdw2001 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:23 PM

    If I see one more comment that says “As a fan of a team that hates you, I still hope you’re OK” I’m going to puke.

  63. CKL says: Aug 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    This was so scary to hear. I hope this guy has a very speedy recovery from whichever option he chooses and there’s no long term issues for him.

  64. pftstory says: Aug 4, 2011 12:41 PM

    Agreeing with tradeassociation

    @jo3jo:

    The issue is that an NFL practice facility is a place where severe injuries have a much greater chance of occurring than, say, a software company or a law office. Then again, I would much rather have emergency resources and personnel dedicated to helping and saving “average joes” out there than celebrities. I am absolutely opposed to an ambulance being present at every NFL practice if it means one less ambulance being available to help victims of car crashes and fires.

    Fine, severe injuries happen at NFL practices. But what about life treatening injuries where time is a factor. You are going to have more of those at car crashes and fires then at a football practice. Those are not more likily at an NFL practice.

    I for one cant believe so many people think an ambulance is going to be at their home within 15 minutes. Then at the same time do not see that having an ambulance at every NFL practice is going to make the response time longer for everyone else.

    Do more life threatening injuries happen at construction sites or football practices? Do we want an ambulace at every construction site?

    The celebrity or athelete does not deserve more care then the average Joe. But it is also true though that they do not deserve less care.

    The “why wasn’t the ambulance there” is a knee jerk reaction. Lok at the full picture of the event and extrapolate what you want out. This event was due to a brain defect. Its not even football related. How many people had convulsions that day and were not on a practice field? Should they have had an ambulance waiting too?

  65. voiceofrealism says: Aug 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    I don’t care or the Eagles, but I wish you the best Mike. There you go….Commence puking sdw2001 .

  66. drshankenstein says: Aug 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    That’s terrible. I hope he makes a full recovery !

  67. saturn1111 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    “We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.”

    This is a great site, but please…cut the holier than thou crap.

    First of all, you have sources, right? How hard would it be to find out whether or not Burkholder was authorized.

    You can basically make any accusation by placing a question mark at the end of it, or by prefacing the opposite with the phrase “we hope that…”.

    Secondly, if you were so concerned about Patterson’s privacy, you wouldn’t have given his condition even wider play by publishing it yourself. You would have taken the high road instead, and decided not to touch the story.

  68. macjacmccoy says: Aug 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    Maybe you should do some research your self instead of listening to Sal and others. They have an ambulance on sight every day they also have a guy by the name of DR NG on sight everyday he is an ER Doctor with all the medications on sight for seizures and other such things that would be available at the hospital.

    Reason it took 15 minutes for him to LEAVE and not for the ambulance to get their is bc he was seizuring for 4 minutes then they stablized him and put him in a body brace before loading him in the ambulance.

    Stop getting you info 2nd hand and go to the source.

  69. macjacmccoy says: Aug 4, 2011 2:14 PM

    Sal is also wrong about surgery or radiation. no one has said anything about course of treatment. Some people with this condition dont need invasive treatment at all some just take medication. They made it a point to say that they werent going to speculate what treatment was going to be or when he would return.

    Sal and by extension PFT is just making these reports up.

  70. jfluke65 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:42 PM

    >We also hope that Patterson authorized trainer Rick Burkholder to share Patterson’s condition with ESPN, and thus with the world.<

    Good point. You might want to point out to your other writers how Hippaa affects medical info available. re: Maclin story and Eagles 'stonewalling' on what was wrong.

  71. houndog50 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:48 PM

    ytsejamer1 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:05 AM

    I too was wondering as they spent a good ten minutes discussing this guy’s medical status and whatnot. The Eagle’s trainer was up there having a press conference about it. Seemed like the trainer was being a bit of a blowhard for the media.
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    The trainer needs to get his 15 minutes of “Dream Team” fame. After all, ESPN is there full time, hell, you’d think Favre WAS there the way ESPN is fawning over Philly!

    Best of Luck Mike Patterson, get well first, make decisions later.

  72. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 3:23 PM

    melonnhead says: Aug 4, 2011 10:26 AM

    Lurie has given out over $100 million in contracts to free agents in the last week or so. Gotta make up for it somewhere, I guess.

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    The fact that you’re using this story to troll the Eagles further proves you’re a degenerate scumbag, Vox.

    Thanks to all decent human beings, especially fans of rival teams, for wishing him the best.

  73. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 4, 2011 3:25 PM

    In many cases, private ambulance services are contracted to be on “stand-by” at games and practice….thereby leaving emergency ambulances free to respond to 911 calls.

  74. txtuff says: Aug 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    Prayers sent to this kid and his family!

  75. bluefan204 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:07 PM

    As much as I despise the Eagles, I wish him the best, and a quick recovery

  76. eaglesfan244 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:22 PM

    Good god people. Stick to what you know, please! The ambulance was there, as it always is. It’s dedicated to the scene and takes nothing away from the community at large. It was less than 150 yards away. Patterson was removed from the scene within 15 minutes of the seizure. In that time, he was evaluated, treated with an IV, oxygen and possible meds, secured to a long spine board and moved. I have little doubt that many of you could tie your shoes in that time. That includes the so-called “professionals” who write for this site and went with the 15 minutes thing that came from a comment and no facts from the scene.

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