Former Terps midfielder Bill McGlone diagnosed with rare brain infection

Bill McGlone
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UPDATE -- Oct. 1

Jack McGlone wrote on his blog Monday that his brother Bill has been diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis, a rare condition causing inflammation in the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the nervous system.

No exact cause is known for sarcoidosis, including the neurological variety that Bill McGlone has. Generally, doctors think neurosarcoidosis might have a genetic link, according to MedLine Plus, and they also suspect that bacterial or viral infections, or contact with certain types of chemicals or dust, could trigger it.


In an update over the weekend, Jack said doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia had "pretty much ruled out" cancer after a biopsy of a mass found on his brain during a CT scan.

On Monday, Jack wrote that he hopes his brother will be released from the hospital in the next week or so, and that Bill will have to undergo speech and physical therapies after surgery to remove part of his skull.

"Given the fact that Billy underwent serious brain surgery less than 9 days ago, he is making significant progress and the doctors are pleased with his results thus far," Jack McGlone said. "We all know that Billy is a fighter and will face this long road to recovery head on. I know from just seeing him that he is trying to do things on his own, albeit some against doctor's orders, but deep down I know he's just trying to feel normal again, trying to get back to the way things were."


Here's my previous update, from Saturday:

Former Maryland midfielder Bill McGlone is in the intensive care unit at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia after a small mass was found on the left side of his brain earlier this month.

The news came in a blog post Friday by his brother Jack, who said Bill "is requiring very attentive and serious care."

On Sept. 4, Jack McGlone said, his brother "had complained of headaches, loss of coordination, and he mentioned that the right side of his body felt 'heavy,' so he wanted to get checked out."

A CT scan at Taylor Hospital in the Philadelphia suburb of Ridley Park found the mass on his brain. Jack said his brother had two seizures on Sept. 16 and underwent emergency surgery four days later to reduce swelling on his brain.

Bill has shown progress after the surgery, Jack wrote, though doctors still did not know the cause of the mass and were waiting for results from a biopsy.


Bill McGlone has played in both Major League Lacrosse and the indoor National Lacrosse League. He was drafted in 2006 by the Baltimore Bayhawks of MLL and also has played for the Chicago Machine, now-defunct San Francisco Dragons and the Boston Cannons.

A rare American forward in the NLL, he played for the Philadelphia Wings (now the New England Black Wolves), the now-defunct Chicago Shamrox and the Toronto Rock.

With the Terps, McGlone finished his college career with 77 goals and 30 assists in 65 games (31 starts).

He was named a first-team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005 and 2006, his final two college seasons.