Eagles Defensive Tackle Mike Patterson Diagnosed With Brain Condition
Though initially diagnosed with dehydration, doctors have now discovered that Patterson suffers from AVM, a brain arteriovenous malformation, which is a tangle of blood vessels in the skull. The diagnosis was first announced by Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder.
AVM is a congenital condition that will require either surgery or radiation; the Eagles are consulting various specialists before deciding on a course of action. Patterson is still at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa, which is where he was taken after the seizure.
“We are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and support,” Patterson’s agent, JR Rickett, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Mike will be back at practice as soon as the doctors clear him.”
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Patterson, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2005, started shaking violently before falling to the ground at the team’s Bethlehem, Pa. training facility. Head coach Andy Reid called to the team’s medical staff immediately, and they were helped by rookie guard Danny Watkins(notes), a longtime volunteer fireman.