Features of Hemifacial Spasm

March 15, 2017

Our face is the window we present to the world and when something goes wrong with the face, it leads to a whole lot of mental agony and embarrassment. Spasms usually refer to a sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or a bunch of muscles, but when we talk about hemifacial spasm, we are talking

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Acoustic Neuroma and Hearing Changes

March 1, 2017

Acoustic neuromas affect about 10 out of every one million people with more women than men being affected. An acoustic neuroma is a slow growing, non cancerous tumor that that arises from the nerves involved in balance and hearing. It is more appropriately known  as vestibular schwannoma and grows from the Schwann cells forming the

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Spina Bifida

February 20, 2017

Spina Bifida is a type of birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the neural tube of the fetus. The neural tube is what eventually develops into the brain and spinal cord. In most cases, the neural tube closes by the 28th day after conception, but in babies

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

February 10, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist that occurs when the median nerve travelling through the narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel, comes under pressure. Nerve entrapment occurs when the tunnel, a passageway made up of bones and ligament, becomes narrowed and inflamed, thereby compressing the median nerve. The median nerve is

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A Herniated Disc or Something More?

February 1, 2017

Healthcare professionals use many terms to refer to spinal disc pathology including ‘herniated disc’, ‘pinched disc’, ‘bulging disc’, ‘slipped disc’, ‘collapsed disc’, ‘black disc’ or even ‘ruptured disc’. Some of these terms sound really dangerous to the layman, but instead of focusing on the terminology, it’s more useful to understand what exactly a herniated disc

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Slipped/Prolapsed Disc

January 17, 2017

The human spine is made up small bones called the vertebrae with a strong rubber-like padding in-between each bone called the disc. These intervertebral discs are protective shock-absorbing pads in between the spinal bones and help the spine remain flexible. These discs are made up of strong fibrous material on the outside with a softer

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Vestibular Schwannoma

January 3, 2017

This is a type of benign tumor that’s also known as acoustic neuroma or Angle tumor; it’s a non- cancerous tumor that affects the eighth cranial nerve running from the inner ear to the brain. Healthy nerves are covered by a sheath of Schwann cells, which help in providing insulation and support to the nerve

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Pituitary Tumors

August 22, 2016

The Pituitary Gland The pituitary gland is a tiny, pea sized endocrine gland located at the base of the human brain. It is veritably called the “master gland” given its critical role in the normal functioning of the human body. The efficiency of other glands and organs in the human body, like the thyroid gland,

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Seizures: Types, Causes, and Symptoms

May 13, 2016

Seizures are changes in the electrical activity of the brain. There could be visible symptoms of the seizure or it could go on without any visual signs of it. A serious seizure is easily recognized, as it involves shaking and loss of body control and loss of consciousness. Types of Seizures Seizures that arise in

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Spinal Stenosis

March 16, 2016

In the medical context, the term stenosis means the narrowing of a vessel or a tubular organ and hence, spinal stenosis stands for the narrowing of the channels of the spinal cord and its associated nerves. The condition can be congenital, but isn’t very common as its degenerative kind. The signs A lot of people

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Sciatica refers to the pain associated with the Sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that extends down the lower back of each leg. The pain may be experienced down the back, outside or even the front part of the leg and usually, the symptoms are felt only on one leg or on one side

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