Teen told anxiety caused his panic attacks actually had brain tumor

Chasin Mizrahi, 18, has been seizure free for more than four months now. But, for the last six years doctors told him he was having panic attacks due to anxiety. Unconvinced, his mother insisted he get an MRI the summer before leaving for college. It revealed a tumor on Chasin’s brain. His mother called an old friend for help, Dr. John Boockvar, director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. He and Dr. Derek Chong, vice chair of neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital, diagnosed and treated Chasin. The brain tumor, it turned out, was responsible for triggering panic attacks for all those years. After surgery to remove the growth, Chasin, who started college this year, is now completely symptom free and back to his normal life.

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