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Clinical Specialties

Neurosurgical Conditions We Treat

Conditions of the Brain

Brain tumours and metastases

Single or multiple growths/swelling of the brain

Pituitary tumours

Tumour or growth of the pituitary gland

Intracranial cysts and other brain lesions

Intracranial cysts are cysts that develop between the brain and the cranial base of the brain. Brain lesions are an area or region of the brain that has been damaged through injury or disease

Intracranial hemorrhage including subarachnoid haemorrhage

Bleeding between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain

Cerebral aneurysms and arterio-venous malformations

A cerebral aneurysm is caused by a weak spot on a blood vessel in the brain which then enlarges or balloons. An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of blood vessels that cause multiple irregular connections between arteries and the veins

Ilydrocephalus including shunts

Hydrocephalus is a condition that is characterised by the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain resulting in swelling, and a “shunt” is a medical device that is used to relieve the pressure by reducing the fluid

Chiari malformations and syringomyclia

A Chiari malformation – sometimes called an Arnold Chiari – is a congenital (present at birth) defect in the area at the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect. A Syringomyelia is a rare disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord

Congenital abnormalities of the brain

These are abnormalities that are present at birth – congenital – and can include things such as a Chiari malformation

Conditions of the Spine

Degenerative spinal conditions

These are generally caused by aging and involve the gradual loss of structure or function of the spine over time

Disc protrusions and spinal stenosis

A disc protrusion is a common medical term used to refer to the "discs" or spinal tissue that separates the vertebrae and their deterioration which causes back and neck pain. Bulging discs are called disc 'protrusion'; patients may also suffer from a ruptured disc or disc 'extrusion'. Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spaces in the spinal cord which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves

Cervical myelopathy

Refers to compression of the cervical spinal cord as a result of spinal stenosis

Spinal fractures and instability

Spinal fractures refer to dislocation of vertebrae, generally caused by trauma

Tumours and metastatic disease of the spine

This refers to tumours or malignant growths of abnormal tissue found in and around the spinal column

Spinal cord tumours

A growth that develops within the bones of your spine or the spinal cord itself

Conditions of the Peripheral Nerves

Peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes

Pressure or compression on the peripheral nervous system at specific anatomic locations often resulting in weakness, numbness or tingling

Carpal tunnel syndrome

A painful disorder of the hand caused by pressure on the nerves that run through the wrist

Ulnar nerve entrapment

A condition where pressure is placed on the ulnar nerve – which originates at the neck and runs along the upper arm and into the forearm, hand and fingers – resulting in numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers

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Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical Specialties and Services