Minimally Invasive LITT Effective for Recurrent Glioblastoma: A UCSF Case StudyA 65-year-old woman with a small focal recurrence of glioblastoma was treated with laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) at UCSF nearly five years after her first tumor resection surgery.
Pain in the Neck: More Options Than Ever for a Common ComplaintIn this short talk, neurosurgeon Irene Say, MD, discusses neck pain, one of the leading causes of disability, delineating the range of age-related degenerative issues that MRI reports typically sum up as “cervical spondylosis.”
Drug Targeting Tauopathies in Mice Reveals Sex Differences in ResponseMicroglia are cells that are central to both brain health as well as disease progression in many neurological conditions.
UCSF Laser Interstitial Thermal TherapyUCSF Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy
Aggressive Surgery Increases Survival with Low-Grade Brain TumorsUCSF-Led study shows extensive resection results in longer survival for glioma patients
Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Treatments Relieve Disparate SymptomsTwo patients with severe yet different neurological symptoms were referred to UCSF for emergent neurosurgical evaluation. Both were found to have previously undiagnosed cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs), but each patient’s treatment was unique.
First “Neuroprosthesis” Expands Vocabulary and Mobility for Man With Paralysis in New MilestoneThe first “neuroprosthesis,” developed by UCSF researchers in 2021, translates brain signals from a man with severe paralysis directly into words that appear as text on a screen. Using this brain-machine interface, he can also move a robotic arm to manipulate objects.
Cerebrovascular NeurosurgeryAs one of the highest volume and most experienced surgical programs in the nation for cerebrovascular disorders, we offer a wide range of treatment options tailored to each patient, leading to safer surgeries and better outcomes.
Genomic Sequencing Is Changing Diagnosis, Treatment for Patients with Brain CancerPatients diagnosed with a type of brain tumor survived for longer when they were treated aggressively with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Surgery for Epilepsy: Advanced Techniques and Appropriate CandidatesMany patients with uncontrolled seizures are unaware that they can be helped – and providers have an opportunity to start them toward a better quality of life simply by explaining the latest options.
Seizures Stopped, Speech Preserved After Rare Auditory Cortex Tumor is Removed: A UCSF Case StudyThe extraordinary success was made possible through research on the neural mechanisms of speech by Edward Chang, MD, UCSF neurosurgeon and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and an advanced phase 2 surgical evaluation by the UCSF Epilepsy Center team.
Radial Artery Access to Treat a Complex Aneurysm: A UCSF Case StudyUCSF neurosurgeons have extensive experience using the radial artery as an access site for neurointerventional procedures. “Radial artery access results in less blood loss, fewer complications and shorter length of stay, as opposed to femoral access,” said UCSF’s Adib A. Abla, MD, vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon and chief of vascular neurosurgery.
The Value of Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor: Safety, Precision, Sustained ResultsThe most common movement disorder, essential tremor often doesn’t respond to meds and depresses quality of life. As neurosurgeon Doris Wang, MD, PhD, explains in this short, information-packed presentation, focused ultrasound can bring immediate and lasting relief to many.
Positive Patient Outcomes With Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery: UCSF Case StudiesThe following case studies describe how Ezequiel (Eze) Goldschmidt, MD, PhD, and the UCSF Brain Tumor Center team used the EEA to successfully remove different types of tumors, including a pituitary adenoma, a craniopharyngioma, an epidermoid cyst and a chondrosarcoma.
Deep Brain Stimulation for Medication-Resistant Dystonia: A UCSF Case StudyA 10-year-old boy developed left-foot inversion, which made it difficult for him to walk. He subsequently developed a tremor in his right arm, and then his neck and trunk began to twist. He was seen by several practitioners but did not get a correct diagnosis. At age 17, he was referred to the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center.
Endoscopic Removal of a Giant Pituitary Adenoma: A UCSF Case StudyA patient’s giant pituitary adenoma was successfully removed at UC San Francisco via endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery, a technique that offers exceptional visualization.
Patients with Intractable Headaches Find Relief at the UCSF Inpatient Headache UnitUCSF Inpatient Headache Unit treats patients with headache disorders through intravenous infusions of medications such as dihydroergotamine, chlorpromazine and valproate. Patients experiencing frequent and severe migraine, cluster, post-traumatic and other headaches have had their pain alleviated through this service, which is offered by the UCSF Headache Center.
Referral Guide for Physicians - Neurology and Neurological SurgeryReferral and specialty care clinic information provided by UC San Francisco’s departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery.
Cognitive Ability Improved in Low-Grade Glioma Patients Treated at UCSFWith advanced treatments improving survival outcomes for patients with low-grade gliomas, clinicians and researchers at UC San Francisco’s Brain Tumor Center are working to enhance the cognitive improvement of these individuals as well.
State-of-the-Art Weill Neurosciences Building Opens at UCSFThe Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building opened its doors in July 2021, establishing an innovative all-in-one hub for patients, researchers and clinicians at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus.
Improving Decision-Making When Treating Basilar Artery AneurysmsAlthough responsible for only 3%-5% of all cerebrovascular aneurysms, basilar artery aneurysms (BAAs) are among the most difficult to treat.
John de Groot, MD, Named Division Chief of Neuro-Oncology at UCSFJohn F. de Groot, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Neuro-Oncology within the Department of Neurological Surgery at UC San Francisco.
First “Neuroprosthesis” Restores Words and Mobility to Man with ParalysisResearchers at UC San Francisco have developed the first “neuroprosthesis” that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear as text on a screen. Aided by this technology, the man is also able to move a robotic arm to manipulate objects.
New Method for Rapid, Intraoperative Detection of Residual Tumor Cells Can Vastly Improve Patient OutcomesIt is now possible to detect residual tumor cells during surgery within minutes, a groundbreaking advancement in the surgical treatment of tumors.