Cranial Nerve Disorders

Cranial Nerve Disorders in Orange County

Cranial nerve disorders are a group of conditions affecting the cranial nerves ( See list of Cranial Nerves ) leaving the brain, resulting in facial pain or twitching. The most common cause of these problems is compression of cranial nerves due to a nerve impinging on blood vessel. By separating the blood vessel from the affected nerve, these symptoms can improve or be eliminated in a majority of patients. Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD, performs minimally invasive microvascular decompression (MVD) to move blood vessel from to preserves the surrounding normal structures as best as possible. Depending on the nerve affected, various other therapies may be indicated.Cranial nerve disorders include:

Hemifacial spasm is characterized by continuous painless twitching of one side of the face, which usually begins around the eye and spreads to the cheek and mouth. This involuntary twitching cannot be controlled by oral medications. Read more »
In glossopharyngeal neuralgia, the shooting pain occurs in the throat, tonsil region, and base of the tongue on one side. The pain is spontaneous or most of the time triggered by swallowing. Read more »
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve on the face. The trigeminal nerve provides sensation to the face.Read more »

Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County Neurosurgeon, is the Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County, California. Dr. Louis has particular expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors.

Dr. Robert Louis specializes in minimally invasive approaches to treat various cranial nerve disorders. For appointments, please call (949) 274-7336 or Contact Us.