OVERVIEW OF TREATMENTS FOR HFS
What Causes
HFS?

Overview of
Treatments
BOTOX®
Injections
Microvascular
Decompression
Surgery
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     Hemifacial spasm usually begins with mild spasm involving the small muscles around the eye. These may be controlled by medications such as Tegretol® or Dilantin®, but medical therapy alone is usually not effective in providing long-term spasm control. The two treatment options most widely considered are repeated Botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections or microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery. There are strong proponents of either intervention, although HFS sufferers should be allowed to make their own decision based on a thorough understanding of the usual disease course, as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages of each treatment.

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