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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: AGH's Dr. Jannetta to receive Neurological Medal of Honor

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Dr. Peter J. Jannetta, surgeon and vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, today will be awarded the Medal of Honor from the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies at its annual meeting in Boston.

The award honors Dr. Jannetta's contributions to medicine, which came out of his research into cranial nerve compression. Such compression of cranial nerves can lead to debilitating illnesses affecting sensation and motor function of the tongue, eyes and facial muscles.

A leading cranial nerve compression syndrome known as trigeminal neuralgia comes with chronic, severe facial pain. Dr. Jannetta found that it was caused by a compression of the fifth cranial nerve -- the trigeminal nerve -- by surrounding blood vessels.

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette web site.
 

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