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Radio Today: Dr. Krusz on Trigeminal Neuralgia

Surf on over to VoiceAmerica Radio (online radio) this afternoon for an hour-long broadcast about trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Krusz will be guest hosting Helen Dearman's show, "Pain Tamers: Living With Chronic Pain." The show is live at 4 p.m. central time, 5 p.m. eastern time.

Dr. Krusz's guest for today's broadcast will be Michael Pasternak, President of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association...

TNA (The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association) was established in Barnegat Light, NJ in 1990 by founding President Claire Patterson and a board of directors comprised of TN patients and their families. Prior to its formation, most TN patients suffered in isolation and knew very little about the disorder and its treatment. TNA’s founding mission was to improve the quality of life of TN patients through programs that empower patients to become knowledgeable about their condition and treatment options, that aid patients with chronic pain, that educate non-specialists on matters of diagnosis and treatment, and that encourage appropriate medical research.

PFO and Migraine: ESCAPE Study Beginning

More clinical trials are beginning to continue investigating the link between patent foramen ovale (PFO) and Migraine. The ESCAPE trial is a controlled study to determine if PFO closures will reduce the frequency of Migraine attacks enough to be a therapy option for patients with Migraine disease.

Research has shown a higher prevalence of PFO among Migraineurs. Small observational and case-control studies indicate that patients with stroke of unknown origin have a higher incidence of patent foramen ovale. It's still under investigation whether PFO closure prevents recurrent strokes. It is also thought possible that blood without enough oxygen may trigger a Migraine when it reaches the brain. Read PFO and Migraine: ESCAPE Study Beginning.

Did you know . . . We all have a PFO before we're born? For more information about PFO (patent foramen ovale), see PFO: A hole in the heart affecting Migraine? .

An invitation for Dallas area readers...

Dr. John Claude Krusz (Ask the Clinician) is inviting Dallas area headache and Migraine patients to breakfast on Saturday, June 17. This is an opportunity to meet Dr. Krusz as well as others with headaches and Migraines to talk and share some support. Dr. K. invites you to bring a friend or family member or another person with headaches or Migraines with you. Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a spot, please call Stephanie Hall, M.Ph. at 214-750-4727.

What Is... Pseudotumor Cerebri?

Simply speaking, Pseudotumor Cerebri is a condition in which the body either produces too much cerebrospinal fluid pressure or doesn't absorb it well, resulting in increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure. This condition can be related to headaches and Migraines.

Pseudotumor cerebri literally means "false brain tumor" because it's symptoms mimic those of brain tumors. It is also (more accurately) called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). The term idiopathic is applied because it's cause is not truly known. Feature article.