Summer 2012

Editorial — The Challenge of Complex Pain and Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Complex pain and peripheral nerve disorders are among the most difficult conditions for health care teams to manage. At UCSF Medical Center, we have many strategies to provide relief for patients with ongoing and progressive symptoms. It is our mission to ensure that no patient lives with uncontrolled pain.

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How to Optimize Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Combining clinical expertise with leading-edge equipment provides more precise diagnoses and timelier, more effective treatment for common and uncommon peripheral nerve disorders.

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Expertise and Options Make the Difference for Trigeminal Neuralgia Patients

Given the growing prevalence of trigeminal neuralgia and the pain it causes, patients need access to physicians experienced with the full menu of treatment options.

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Game Changers for Sarcoidosis, Other Neuro-Inflammatory Disorders

Many neuroimmunologic disorders of the central nervous system, other than multiple sclerosis, have long been considered untreatable. Advances in research now enable specialized clinician teams to better diagnose and treat these disorders.

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Updated Thinking on Epilepsy Treatment Can Ease Patient Suffering

Driven by a concern that common practice patterns — including underuse of surgery and a lack of timely referrals — are putting patients at risk, the UCSF Epilepsy Center is finding new ways to deliver safer, more effective long-term care for adult and pediatric epilepsy patients.

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Case Study — Collaboration to Save Boy from Stroke

When a 7-year-old boy from Oregon suffered his second stroke in four years, it took an interdisciplinary team from UCSF — working in collaboration with the boy's hometown physicians — to find the cause and surgically solve the problem.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Physician Liaison Service

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395

The Physician Liaison Service offers a communication link and referral coordination for referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. For additional assistance in the referral process or information about programs and services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit

Transfer Center

The UCSF Transfer Center is open 24 hours daily to coordinate the transfer of your patients to UCSF Medical Center from hospitals throughout the region.

Phone: (415) 353-9166
Fax: (415) 353-9172

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