Cranial nerve disorder refers to an impairment of one of the twelve cranial nerves that emerge from the underside of the brain, pass through openings in the skull, and lead to parts of the head, neck, and trunk. These disorders can cause pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face including the eyes. If you have been diagnosed with a cranial nerve disorder, or believe you are experiencing these symptoms, the neurosurgeons at Penn Medicine can help.

The Region's Leader in Treating Cranial Nerve Disorders

couple in hospital Each year, dozens of individuals suffering from cranial nerve disorders turn to Penn Medicine for the latest and most advanced treatment options. In fact, Penn neurosurgeons perform the area's most surgical treatments for cranial nerve disorders.

Supported by specialists from different disciplines, such as ear, nose and throat, our neurosurgeons provide accurate diagnoses and perform life-changing techniques for cranial nerve disorders. We'll get to know you, your history, and your condition and through an individually-tailored treatment plan, deliver high-quality medical and personal care.

Because of our dedication and expertise, Penn Neurosurgery is continuously ranked as one of the best programs in the country and best in the Greater Philadelphia region according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Conditions and Diagnosis

The Penn Center for Cranial Nerve Disorders provides the most advanced options to diagnose and treat all types of cranial nerve disorders – including trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasms.

Cranial Nerve Treatments

There are several treatment options for cranial nerve disorders including surgical and non-surgical approaches.

Cranial Nerve Disorders Team

The Penn Center for Cranial Nerve Disorders in Philadelphia provides personalized care that centers on each patient's unique needs.

Patient Stories

Hear the stories of patients who Penn Medicine has helped to break through their darkness and find new hope.

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