Parkinson’s Disease

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines.  Some peer-reviewed medical papers on the surgery for Parkinson’s Disease are provide below for background information: 1. Honey CR. and Ranjan M., Deep Brain Stimulation for...

Tremor

As reviewed on our Parkinson’s Disease page, tremor is rhythmic shaking. It can be caused by Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, trauma, or a genetic condition called Essential Tremor. Patients who have a poor response to their medications or who can not tolerate them have the option of surgical treatment. Available...

Dystonia

This information is designed to help patients talk to their physicians about dystonia and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines.  Dystonia is a condition characterized by abnormal prolonged muscular contractions in a region of the body. There are many causes including genetic disorders, stroke, or trauma. There is a growing interest in...

Trigeminal Neuralgia

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. There are some excellent patient support group web sites that you might wish to review. Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada TNA The Facial Pain Association Lecture on...

Hemifacial Spasm

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Hemifacial Spasm (HFS) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Introduction HFS is a neurologic condition with uncontrolled, repeated contractions of the muscles on one side of the face. It usually begins around the eye and may spread down the face to...

Multiple Sclerosis

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Most of the symptoms caused by MS are well treated with appropriate medications under the guidance of Neurologists. The MS Clinic at the University of British Columbia has an international...

Dental Neuralgia or Anesth

This information is designed to help patients talk to their neurosurgeons about their facial pain. It is not intended to give specific treatment guidelines.   Introduction There are many different pathologies that can cause pain in the region of the face. The most common causes are dental (e.g. sore tooth) and sinus pain (e.g. sinusitis). Our...

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

This information is designed only to help patients talk with their physicians about Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (GPN) and is not intended to provide treatment guidelines. Introduction Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is a very rare neurologic condition that causes intermittent, extremely painful, one-sided throat pain. It is exactly analogous to the...

HELPS syndrome

Episodic Hemi-Laryngopharyngeal Spasm syndrome Our sentinel paper describing this syndrome has just been published. Here is a link to the paper. We are now preparing a more extensive description of HELPS for publication. HELPS syndrome is a condition caused by a blood vessel pinching the nerve rootlets of the Vagus nerve (Xth cranial nerve). It...

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (o

This information is designed to help patients talk to their neurosurgeons about their facial pain.  It is not intended to give specific treatment guidelines. Introduction There are many different pathologies that can cause pain in the region of the face.  The most common causes are dental (e.g. sore tooth) and sinus pain (e.g. sinusitis).  Our...

Spasmodic Dysphonia

This information is intended for the patients enrolling in our clinical trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for Spasmodic Dysphonia – DEBUSSY Trial.   Rational for Trial: Our centre routinely treats patients who have essential tremor (ET) with deep brain stimulation (DBS). This operation is designed to reduce their tremors. We have...