CONDITIONS TREATED


Gamma Knife can be used to treat patients suffering from a wide range of brain disorders:



Disease Symptoms
Metastatic Brain Tumors: A tumor that has traveled to the brain from another part of the body. Headaches usually worsen when lying down, balance disturbances, cognitive changes, weakness/numbness in arms or legs, seizure, and unusual vomiting or visual changes.

Malignant Brain Tumors: Glioblastoma Multiformi (GBM), Astrocytoma, Oligodendroglioma. Cognitive changes, balance disturbances, seizures, headaches, and various other symptoms depending on tumor location.

Meningiomas: A tumor that grows from the meninges of the brain. Generally benign, but can be malignant. Headaches, balance disturbances, personality changes, seizures, and various other symptoms depending on tumor location.

Acoustic Neuroma: Benign tumor on hearing nerve. Hearing loss usually in one ear, balance disturbances, ringing in ears, headaches, and facial problems. Symptoms usually appear between ages 30 - 60.
Pituitary Adenomas: Benign tumors Vision loss/double vision, hormonal imbalances (e.g., giantism), difficulty with eye movements, and fatigue.

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TIC): Disorder of the 5th cranial nerve involving part or all of one side of the face. Intermittent, lancinating facial pain usually involving one side of the face. (gums/teeth, side of nose, forehead)

Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): Defects in the circulatory system composed of a tangle of arteries and veins believed to be congenital, rarely due to injury. Cerebral hemorrhage, seizures, severe headaches, neurological deficits. Patients commonly diagnosed between 20-40 years of age. AVMs that hemorrhaged once are at high risk of another bleed in the year after the first bleed.