Neurology is the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the nervous system, typically the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Neurological illness can take the form of strokes, migraines, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, dementia and multiple sclerosis. Diseases affecting the spinal cord include spinal cord tumours and spinal cord compression. Peripheral nervous system problems include the neuropathies and myopathies as well as disorders of the neuromuscular junction (myasthenia).

Symptoms of neurological illness include poor memory, blackouts, dizziness, headache, speech problems, back pain, sciatica, limb weakness and numbness, tremor and bladder problems. Using a careful neurological history and detailed neurological examination along with appropriate specialized investigations, the neurology specialist attempts to identify the site of the neurological disturbance and its likely cause.

At Lagoon Hospitals, we have a stroke unit where stroke patients are fully cared for following international protocol. A patient requiring surgery is referred by the neurologist to a neurosurgeon who advises on the medical management of the neurological disease.

Future Prospects

Arrangement is ongoing to commence administration of thrombolytic therapy to stroke patients that present early (in the first 3hrs) thus reversing the stroke process. This however, only applies to those with Infarction (i.e. clot blocking vascular supply). Once this takes off, it will provide novel alternative to stroke patients in this environment.

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