Neurology Chief Stephen Hauser, M.D., discusses UCSF Medical Center's new comprehensive migraine research and treatment program.
One of the world's leading headache research groups has come to UCSF Medical Center to treat patients and improve the understanding of this debilitating disorder. Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., DSc, and seven of his colleagues from the University College London and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery are setting up shop at UCSF to look at basic mechanisms of headache and how therapies might treat it.
Dural fistulas are arteriovenous connections typically involving a major dural sinus lying between the skull and the brain. Due to their location, dural fistulas often cause intense and regular headaches. UCSF Medical Center is the world's largest center for diagnosis and treatment of dural fistula.
AO is a 25-year-old female with primary generalized dystonia. The first symptom she noticed was a turning inward of her left foot while walking at 4 years of age. It was determined that AO was an excellent candidate for treatment with deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. Since surgery, AO was noted to have a 60 percent improvement in her symptoms.
Recently, chronic deep brain electrical stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus, a brain structure that receives the major portion of the output of the basal ganglia, has been shown to be an effective treatment for appropriate patients with generalized dystonia. UCSF Medical Center has the busiest program of surgery for movement disorders in the western United States and is a pioneer in DBS surgery for the treatment of dystonia.
UCSF physicians have acquired the most advanced Gamma Knife technology, the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, which improves radiosurgery for physicians and patients.
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