Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson suffered an incredibly scary four-minute seizure on Wednesday at training camp, and now the news hasn’t gotten much better. The 28-year-old has been diagnosed with a rare brain condition that may require surgery.
Patterson is currently undergoing further tests, but he has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) which is a tangling of blood vessels near the skull. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said he is almost certain that is what caused the seizure.
AVMs are tangles of arteries and veins that alter blood flow and can be treated with medications, radiation or surgery. It is unknown what causes AVMs, but they are usually present at birth. They can form anywhere but are common in the brain and spinal cord.
About 300,000 Americans are thought to be affected by AVMs of the brain or spinal cord, but most people don’t experience symptoms and aren’t aware of the malformation unless they do experience some kind of complications that usually don’t present themselves until they are in their 20s, 30s or 40s. Roughly 88 percent of people affected are asymptomatic.
Patterson is currently on medication to prevent another seizure and is said to be in good spirits and looking forward to getting back on the field. No word on how long that will take or whether or not he can continue to play with this condition. From what we’ve heard it appears the Eagles will not let him back on the field until they have some assurance the situation is taken care of, be it through surgery or non-invasive means.
We wish Patterson the best in his recovery.