Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spine and the nerves that connect them. There are more than 600 diseases of the nervous system, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and stroke as well as less familiar ones such as frontotemporal dementia.

UCSF Medical Center is one of the top hospitals in the nation in neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. We treat conditions — from the common to rare — and draw on our research to provide the most advanced therapies available.

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We have one of the largest brain tumor treatment programs in the United States and one of California's largest cerebrovascular surgery programs. Our advanced treatments include Gamma Knife radiosurgery, which delivers a finely focused, high dose of radiation precisely to its target. It is used to treat small to medium size tumors, epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia and abnormal blood vessel formations deep in the brain.

In Northern California, we have the only comprehensive memory disorders center and the largest center for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. We also have leading experts in the treatment of peripheral nerve disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive degeneration of nerve cells controlling muscle movements.

Neurological support groups for patients and their families are open to the public.

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