Idiopathic Hemifacial Spasm constitutes a severe disability both from a cosmetic and psychological point of view and functionally for the daily life. Until recently this peculiar disease had remained enigmatous and was resistant to any kinds of treatments. Over the last two decades important advances have been made in the comprehension of its mechanisms and the efficacy of its treatment. Botulinic toxin revealed to be helpful although its effects are most often transient. Microvascular decompression - suppressing the neuro-vascular conflict almost constantly found at the root exit zone of the facial nerve from the brain stem - has been recognized as the curative treatment of this disease.
A wide range of specialists, namely neurologists, ophthalmologists, ENT-surgeons, clinical neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists and of course neurosurgeons are involved in the diagnosis and the management of Hemifacial Spasm and will be interested in this multidisciplinary review of the topic.
Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH
Number of pages: 145
Dimensions: 280 x 216 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199
"... indiscutablement un ouvrage de qualite ... un livre attractif pour toute personne interessee par les sciences neurologiques, et cette pathologie en particulier." Neurophysiologie Clinique
"... extremely informative and educational with a wide range of articles that would be of interest to any neurosurgeon undertaking cerebellopontine angle surgery of a functional or excisional nature ... a valuable addition to any large neuroscience library and ... a useful reference book for neurosurgeons, neurologists and neurophysiologists ..." British Journal of Neurosurgery
"This comprehensive book ... discusses hemifacial spasm (HFS) from every aspect. It is a multiauthor text and includes renowned experts in this field, many of whom have made personal contributions to the understanding and treatment of this condition ... The editors emphasise the wide range of specialists involved in the diagnosis and management of this disease and this review text will be of interest to them all." Neuroradiology, 1999/41