Neurology is the specialty that deals with the study of the pathology of the nervous system, namely of the brain, the spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. In other words, a neurologist is a pathologist for the nervous system. Neurology for many years has been a separate specialty from Psychiatry, which deals with purely mental diseases and disorders that have psychogenic causes and not with organic diseases of the nervous system.
The Neurological department of St Luke’s has the possibility of full hospitalization, investigation and treatment of patients with acute or chronic neurological diseases.
- Common diseases that fall into the realm of neurology are:
- Vascular strokes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Different forms of headache
- Symptoms that often need to be evaluated by a neurologist are:
- Weakness – generalized or that involving one or both limbs
- The numbness
- The headache
- Unsteadiness in walking
- Trembling in some parts of the body.
Human resources of the Neurology department
Examinations conducted in the department
- The EEG
- Neurophysiological testing (electromyogram, evoked potentials)
- The Transcranial Ultrasound of the brain vessels
- Long-term video-electroencephalographic recording
- The complete study of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
In collaboration with other laboratories in Greece or abroad, there is also the possibility of genetic testing in the case of various hereditary diseases of the nervous system. Finally, in collaboration with other specialties, it is possible to perform a dynamic swallowing study for patients with corresponding problems.
Hospitalization in the Neurology department
The goal of the people of the department is to accompany the patient throughout the course of the disease, providing consultation and treatment of high standards. Knowing that many patients walk chronically with their underlying neurological diseases, the philosophy of the medical and nursing staff is to be next to the patients and their needs.