5 September

Thursday 5th September 2019
Va Tutto’s 226 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe VIC 3079
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Parkinson’s Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation and Peripheral Entrapment Neuropathies

Deep brain Stimulation and Spinal Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease- Recent advances

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon
The treatment of Parkinson’s disease has been revolutionised by the advent of deep brain stimulation. The field is evolving rapidly and this seminar aims to bring you up to date with the current indications for surgery, expected outcomes, and tips for the management of these patients after surgery. Spinal problems are also common in Parkinson’s disease, and their diagnosis and management will be also be reviewed.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the main clinical features of Parkinson’s disease
2. Appreciate the technical aspects and principles of deep brain stimulation
3. Recognise the indications for deep brain stimulation, as well as the expected outcomes

Parkinson’s Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment Update

Dr Mina Ghaly, Neurologist

The clinical presentation of Parkinson’s Disease is reviewed, together with the important differentiating features from other conditions. The natural history and current medical management options will be discussed.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the clinical presentation and natural history of Parkinson’s disease
2. Assess the range of pharmacological and other non-surgical options for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
3. Recognise which patients may be suitable for deep brain stimulation and the optimal timing of this

Peripheral Entrapment Neuropathies: Clinical Presentation and Assessment, and the Role of Nerve Conduction Studies

Dr Felix Ng, Neurologist

Peripheral entrapment neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome and unary neuropathy are common and easily diagnosed, but less frequent entrapment syndromes can be more difficult to diagnose. A range of common and uncommon entrapment neuropathies will be discussed. Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) are a widely used neurophysiological investigations for the diagnosis of a range of conditions, including peripheral entrapment neuropathy. The physiological principles, indications and interpretation of these tests will be explained, including their value and limitations.

Learning outcomes:
1. Describe the indications for nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG)
2. Outline the diagnostic value and limitations of these investigations
3. Specify the typical presentation of a range of peripheral entrapment neuropathies

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Va Tutto’s
226 Upper Heidelberg Rd,
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
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Parkinson’s Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation and Peripheral Entrapment Neuropathies-5-sept