Conditions

Conditions

As one of the Philadelphia region's top facilities for the treatment of neurological disorders, the Neurosciences Center at Temple University Hospital diagnoses and treats the full range of neurological conditions.

Patients receive expert help for conditions including:

Aneurysm
An aneurysm is the dilation, bulging or ballooning of part of the wall of a vein or artery in the brain. Some brain aneurysms need immediate treatment -- and some are better left alone. Our specialized multi-disciplinary cerebrovascular team evaluates patients, counsels patients and their families and formulates an appropriate management plan. When treatment is best, we are expert in both minimally invasive techniques and open surgical repair.

Arteriovenous Malformations
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are defects of the circulatory system that may occur during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. Arteriovenous malformations need a team approach to diagnosis and treatment. At Temple, patients are evaluated by a team that includes neurosurgeons and interventional specialists. Many AVMs can be treated safely and successfully through the use of advanced image guidance, Leksell Gamma Knife® 4C, Elekta Synergy® S and other noninvasive therapies.

Atypical Facial Pain
We are proud to be the regional leaders in a team approach to diagnosing and treating complex facial pain of non-dental origin, such as trigeminal neuralgia. The Temple Department of Neurology and the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry have combined resources to provide these frequently misdiagnosed patients with care from a fully integrated medical perspective.

Brain Tumor
The Neurosciences Center at Temple provides all-inclusive services for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with benign or primary metastatic brain tumors and neurologic complications of cancer. A multidisciplinary team of neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists employs the latest medical treatments. Treatment options include: surgery, radiation therapy and investigational drugs.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Options

In this video, Curtis Miyamoto, MD, of the Temple Cancer Center, and Christopher Loftus, MD, of the Temple Neurosciences Center, discuss the clinical benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

 

Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease results from stenosis or narrowing of the carotid arteries providing blood flow to the brain. Temple has earned a national reputation for its expertise in carotid surgery. Our expert physicians understand the risks and benefits of a surgical or stenting approach, are involved in national clinical trials and participate in international publication and scientific presentations on carotid artery disease diagnosis and treatment.

Epilepsy
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is one of the premier facilities in the region for evaluating patients with all forms of epilepsy and seizure disorders. The Center offers state-of-the-art investigational drug therapy for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy and a complete range of surgical options for patients with seizures uncontrolled by medication.

Head and Spine Injury
Temple has nationally recognized expertise in head and spine injury management. Patients are treated in separate, fully-staffed neurology and neurosurgery intensive care units.

Hyperhidrosis
Temple neurosurgeons treat hyperhidrosis with a minimally invasive surgical procedure called endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy (ETS) .

Movement Disorders
The Temple program offers a multidisciplinary approach and wide range of medical and surgical services for the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of patients with movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and dystonias. We have an active botulinum toxin treatment program for muscle spasms, and a renowned deep brain stimulation program for patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor or dystonias. In addition, our experts help manage debilitating spasticity with placement of medication pumps.

Multiple Sclerosis
Temple provides a multidisciplinary program for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with demyelinating disease. MS patients are cared for by a team of neurologists, psychiatrists, urologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, social workers, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Temple's Infusion Center offers infusion medications, and we enroll patients in clinical trials.

Neuropathy and Neuromuscular Disorders
Extensive diagnostic and treatment services are available for a broad range of neuropathies, including ultrasound for nerve localization in conjunction with nerve condition studies (NCV) and electromyography in diagnosing peripheral neuropathy. The Neuromuscular Laboratory offers comprehensive evaluation and management of all neuromuscular disorders, including peripheral neuropathies, myopathies, muscular dystrophy and myasthenia gravis.

Pain
The Neurosciences Center offers surgical and non-surgical methods and Leksell Gamma Knife® 4C radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia, and spinal stimulation for chronic back pain and failed back surgery syndrome.

Spinal Fractures
Temple neurosurgeons have expertise in the treatment of use of spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer, most commonly multiple myeloma, with balloon kyphoplasty.

Spinal Surgery
Temple is at the forefront of contemporary spine surgery. In addition to traditional neurosurgical options, we offer a full range of minimally invasive and endoscopic spinal treatments. Our neurosurgeons treat conditions including:

  • cervical radiculopathy (numbness, tingling, weakness in arms or legs)
  • spinal stenosis (spinal narrowing)
  • lumbar disk and Chiari malformations (structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.)

Spinal Tumors
Temple neurosurgeons also have special expertise in reconstruction and stabilization for complex primary and metastatic spinal tumors.

Stroke
A dedicated team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, psychiatrists, and physical, occupational and speech therapists provides care for stroke patients. Long-term follow-up programs and services for a wide variety of cerebrovascular diseases are also available.

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