Dr Carla Cordivari

Clinical neurophysiology, Neurology

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In practice since 1997
Female
Speaks: English, Italian
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EducationDr Cordivari attended the School of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna (Facolta’ di Medicina e Chirurgia, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna).She completed her specialist training at the School of Specialisation in Neurology at the University of Bologna (Scuola di Specializzazione in Neurologia, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna).Her training in clinical neurophysiology was at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurg...
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SPECIALTIES AND SUB-SPECIALTIES
  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Neurology
ACADEMICS

Dr Cordivari has published many articles about movement disorders in leading academic journals and textbooks, including:

  • “Rest and other types of tremor in adult-onset primary dystonia”
    Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry, November 2013
  • “Clinical Diagnosis of Propriospinal Myoclonus Is Unreliable: An Electrophysiologic Study”
    Movement Disorders, November 2013
  • “Late-onset asymmetric myoclonus: an emerging syndrome”
    Official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, May 2011
  • “Immediate response to botulinum toxin injections in patients with fixed dystonia”
    Official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, March 2011
  • Neurology: A Queen Square Textbook, London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

You can see more of her publications on the ResearchGate website.

AWARDS AND PRIZES
Research

Dr. Cordivari is an honorary senior researcher at the Institute of Neurology.

Currently, she is developing sophisticated neurophysiological techniques to diagnose, study and treat complex movement disorders, such as tremors.

She is also exploring new, potentially-promising botulinum toxin treatments for these disorders.

SPOKEN LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Italian
QUALIFICATIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
  • State Exam State Exam

    Universita degli Studi di Bologna - 1992
SPECIAL INTERESTS

Neurophysiology of the peripheral and central nervous system

Dr Cordivari is experienced in performing and interpreting:

    • nerve conduction studies (NCS) and EMG on nerves and muscles – for the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy, focal nerve entrapments (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome), radiculopathies, myopathy and neuromuscular transmission disorder
    • evoked potentials (EP) on the central nervous system – to support the diagnosis of disorders of the somatosensory, motor, visual and acoustic pathways
    • EEG on the brain cortex – to support the diagnosis of epilepsy, brain lesions and dementia

She investigates the nerve damage and loss of limb function of people who have suffered traumatic injuries, including soldiers, Olympic athletes, Premiership footballers and international rugby players.

She runs parallel joint clinics with neurologists, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic specialists for pre-surgery assessment and post-surgery evaluation of patients’ nerves.

Neurophysiology of movement disorders

Dr Cordivari runs one of the few specialist centres in UK for the neurophysiological diagnosis of movement disorders, including dystonia, myoclonus (jerks), tremors and spasticity.

She investigates movement disorders using:

  • multichannel EMG recording
  • simultaneous EEG-EMG recording with back-averaging.
Botulinum toxin treatment under EMG guidance

Dr Cordivari treats complex cases of severe dystonia, spasticity and tremors with botulinum toxin under EMG guidance.

She is able to select the affected muscles by using EMG guidance.  This optimises the benefits and avoids the side effects of the treatments.

Botulinum toxin relaxes the overactive muscles by blocking the connection between nerves and muscles. This reduces patients’ symptoms and provides relief for months. The effect is not permanent but patients can have repeat treatments.

She enjoys working with professional musicians suffering from complex dystonia (i.e. musicians’ cramp) whom she treats with botulinum toxin.

BIOGRAPHY
Education

Dr Cordivari attended the School of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna (Facolta’ di Medicina e Chirurgia, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna).

She completed her specialist training at the School of Specialisation in Neurology at the University of Bologna (Scuola di Specializzazione in Neurologia, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna).

Her training in clinical neurophysiology was at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Professional affiliation and registration

GMC Certification: number 4470036 (full registration)

MDU: 437731C

Inclusion in the European Specialist Register (UK) as a Specialist in Neurology in 1998
(under European Medical Qualification Order 1995)


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