© 1997

Hemifacial Spasm

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Marc Sindou
  • Yves Keravel
  • Aage R. Møller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Philippe Mercier, G. Brassier, St. Velut
    Pages 1-8
  3. Jacqueline Vignaud, J.-L. Sarrazin, D. Soulie, C. Pharaboz, Ph. Meriot
    Pages 17-24
  4. Georges Freyss, G. Tailame
    Pages 25-34
  5. A. Vighetto, C. Vial
    Pages 35-44
  6. Aage R. Møller
    Pages 51-62
  7. J.-C. Froment, M. LeDelliou
    Pages 63-73
  8. G. Lamas, N. Danziger, I. Fligny, S. Poignonec, J. Soudant, H. Lacombe et al.
    Pages 75-80
  9. G. L. Rosseau, Peter J. Jannetta
    Pages 81-87
  10. Giovanni Broggi, A. Franzini, S. Giombini, F. Pluchino
    Pages 89-91
  11. Marc Sindou, Y. Keravel, C. Fischer, S. Derraz, S. Palfi
    Pages 93-105
  12. Catherine Fischer, M. Sindou, J. Bohorquez, O. Bertrand
    Pages 107-113
  13. Jacques Soudant, J. Willer, G. Lamas
    Pages 115-123
  14. Héléne Ollat
    Pages 125-134
  15. Marc Sindou, Yves Keravel, Aage R. Møller
    Pages 145-145
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 147-148

About this book


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.


anatomy brain brainstem diagnosis magnetic resonance magnetic resonance imaging magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pathophysiology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Sindou
    • 1
  • Yves Keravel
    • 2
  • Aage R. Møller
    • 3
  1. 1.Hôpital NeurologiqueLyonFrance
  2. 2.Hôpital Henri MondorCreteilFrance
  3. 3.Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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"... indiscutablement un ouvrage de qualité ... un livre attractif pour toute personne intéressée 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