Dr. Soren Singel

Neurosurgery
San Francisco, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

UCSF Neurological Surgery

San Francisco, CA

Address

505 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 16pm
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Insurances accepted

Alliance Health

About

Bio

Neurosurgeon at UCSF

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Neurosurgery

Neuroradiology

Languages spoken

English, German, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Probably OK: Everyone responds differently to these but probably ok.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not really: Mold causes respiratory symptoms not usually headaches.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Thanks for asking: Vaccination has been around since 1885 and vaccinating pets seems to work well. Staying away from dogs and wildlife is the best personal protection st... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
15: 15 total if you go by the who classification. 9 in the who grade i category, 3 in who ii, 3 in who iii. Just google "who classification of meningioma... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Wikipedia knows: 400 characters won't answer this one - have you considered an online search? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/aphasia.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not likely: Atrophy is structural change, brain repair is dependent on the age of the individual.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Which one?: Cannot answer unless you narrow down which one you are talking about. As you can imagine, the exact treatment will be different for ALS versus myasthe... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Focal malformation: A focal tissue malformation. Looks like a tumor but is not. May cause seizures at times.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Occupational: Mostly occupational hazard - working in the slaughterhouse for example. Eating large quantity of raw and undercooked beef has been cited - but it nee... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, life saving, but only when started very early in the cause of the disease.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Motor neuron disease: A variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka lou gehrig's disease. This variant affects motor neurons in the brain stem, leading to lower cranial n... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not likely: Not in low dosage of several milligrams used for this purpose.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Multi-disciplinary: Discuss with your psychiatrist and obstetrician. Depends on the severity of your depression and what meds you are on.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Functional MRI: Ask if there is a role for any functional mri, as it may show eloquent brain regions ahead of surgery. Also, awake craniotomy may be considered in so... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not likely: This constellation has not been reported.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not recommended : Question is if surgery would improve your quality of life - this depends on the nature and completeness of your quadriplegia. I would only take the a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
No: Not hereditary in a mendelian sense, but genetic predisposition has been identified in some families.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Get an image: Symptoms are suggestive of residual cervical canal and/or neuroforaminal stenosis, or pressure upon the cord such as buildup of cerebrospinal fluid e.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Muscle or vein: Probably harmless, but it may be a symptom of a pulled calf muscle, or a deep venous thrombosis. If not getting better within a day needs to be checke... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Sure: Pushing increases pressure on brain blood vessels which can break and leak. Have your neurosurgeon check for an underlying blood vessel malformation e... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Yes: Bacterial infections of the brain can cause encephalitis (there are several non-bacterial causes of encephalitis as well). A serious problem, may lead... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen: No specific over the counter drugs but tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen should help.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin dis... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Hyperhidrosis: If it affects the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis) sometimes surgery is needed - thoracoscopic sympathectomy. For axillary hyperhidrosis, many products ar... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Yes: Yes it can, but all three symptoms together may indicate some serious brain problem such as stroke, cerebral venous thrombosis, viral infection includ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Simethicone: Simethicone dissolves the gas and that will help you. Obviously, eat smaller meals. Check and make sure you are not gulping down air when nervous or t... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Getting older: Normal MRI for many of us as we are getting older. Simply means that the ligaments and joints are getting thicker - part of the aging process. True co... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Symptoms ?: What are your symptoms? Foot drop or numbness on top of foot indicates L5 damage need to see neurosurgeon right away. For pain only - no need to worr... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
See a doctor: Yes. Call the medics to get you to the hospital, or see your family doctor for an evaluation. Many things can cause severe back pain and a medical wor... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Control risk factors: Risk factors include nicotine use, high blood pressure, high blood lipids, obesity. Control these risks and you will be in good shape. Have your famil... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Needs workup: Neurology workup including mri/mrv to rule out cerebrovascular cause e.g. Venous thrombosis or stroke, consider visit to ENT to check for middle ear o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Yes: Most brain aneurysms take years to develop. The ones which grow more rapidly are related to injury (traumatic aneurysms) or infections (mycotic aneury... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Propranolol: Often difficult to treat. Make sure to get a ct scan and neurosurgery evaluation to check for a delayed hemorrhage, hydrocephalus etc. I have had som... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Diagnosis?: What was the diagnosis and indication for your back surgery? What was the diagnosis and indication for your neck surgery? What is the diagnosis and i... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Cold: Cold water fish: sardines, anchovies, wild salmon are a much better source for dha etc.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Gardening: Gardening - just the right amount of cardiovascular exercise.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Not usually: Chiari malformation does not usually disappear. Symptoms can spontaneously improve though.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Unlikely: Arachnoid cysts are not known to produce brain fog or fatigue. They are not known to be related to childhood trauma either. Recommend full checkup by... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Neurosurgery eval: Neurosurgery evaluation, MRI of the lumbar spine to look for a re-herniation or residual nerve compression. Emg may help to check for any denervation.... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Yes: Pressure fluctuations during position changes etc are common in shunts. Often, once the shunt has been in for a long time, symptoms may improve.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Depends: Intense pressure can damage nerves instantly. Permanent damage may result if the nerves are not decompressed on time. Often, even large disc herniati... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Thalamic pain: Very much depends on the exact location of the stroke. Pain in the contralateral face, arm, leg, trunk can result. Should you have such pain consisten... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Stay: Stay away from the inside aisles in the supermarket - that's where they got processed (bad) foods.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
More difficult: The fused area sometimes does not have as clear an anatomy ...... It will be harder to get the needle where it needs to go. If there is quite a lot of... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Exam needed: Not safe to speculate - too many causes some of them serious. You need a physical exam by a good and intuitive doc and go from there. Good luck.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Sure: Rotational forces such as in golf are not that great for the disc - biomechanically speaking. However, if you love golf, being out there and active ve... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Medication,cosmetics: Side effects from medications or cosmetics are the most likely cause. Rare causes - autoimmune or endocrine disorders come to mind. Your primary physi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Which grade ?: The answer to your question depends on the histological tumor grade (world health organization (who) grades 1-4), size of the tumor, location, and pat... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Ask family doc: Your family doctor is usually a good first line of information on good doctors. In general, a GI endoscopy is best done by a GI endoscopist (not gener... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
No.: Most brain tumors do not cause symptoms initially and brain tumors in a 20 year old are rare. Symptoms likely related to your anxiety. If you want to ... Read More
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Aug 25, 2013
Very timely and accurate responses.
Jul 17, 2013
Great answers. Very helpful!
Jul 19, 2013
Nice answers. Great job!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have tried, unsuccessfully, to explain this phenomenon to various people over the years, family members included, and have been told that I am merely making up an excu...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I had one of these and had to have the subsequent surgery to remove it, or I was told that coma or death was imminent because of the presence of 'destructive hydrocephal...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks! I just hope it's not something serious because I need to wait maybe 3 months more 'til I can get health insurance from my employer.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

FU Berlin, Faculty of Medicine, Germany
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

University of California, San Diego
Completed 2005

Awards

America's Top Surgeons
Patient's Choice Award
Most Compassionate Doctors

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurosurgery
Society for Neuro-Oncology
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