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Neurology

Neurologists staff our extensive neurology departments at Medicana Health Group with years of experience and advanced training committed to giving patients with neurological diseases the best possible care. For a variety of neurological illnesses, our neurology units provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, including:

Other Types of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Memory, reasoning, behavior, and the capacity to carry out daily tasks are all affected by Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, which are a group of degenerative brain illnesses. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a steady deterioration in cognitive ability, including memory loss and difficulties with once-easily accomplished tasks. Its onset can occur as early as age 60. Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia are other types of dementia.

Patients with Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia can receive cutting-edge diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive treatments from Medicana Health Group's neurology departments. The skilled neurologists on our staff collaborate closely with other specialists to create tailored care regimens intended to control symptoms, enhance quality of life, and stop the condition from worsening. Our mission is to offer the treatment and support our patients, and their families require as they traverse this difficult path.

Other Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy

A neurological condition known as epilepsy is characterized by recurring seizures brought on by aberrant electrical activity in the brain. Convulsions, unconsciousness, abnormal behavior, or movements, among other symptoms, are just a few of the symptoms that can result from seizures, which can vary in frequency, duration, and intensity.

Numerous factors, including heredity, illness, brain abnormalities, and brain injury, can contribute to seizure disorders. The etiology of epilepsy is not always known.

The most common form of treatment for epilepsy is medicine, although, in some instances, doctors may also advise surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, or dietary changes. Controlling seizures and enhancing the quality of life for those who have epilepsy are the objectives of treatment.

Our highly skilled and experienced neurologists at Medicana's neurology departments specialize in identifying and treating seizure disorders, including epilepsy. We reliably identify and assess seizures using cutting-edge diagnostic methods and technologies, and we work closely with each patient to create a tailored treatment plan that addresses their particular requirements and objectives.

Headache Disorders Besides Migraines

Typical neurological illnesses like migraines and other headache disorders afflict numerous people. Migraines are excruciating headaches that can last for days on end. They frequently come with other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Numerous things, including stress, hormone changes, particular diets, and intense lighting, might cause them.

Other types of headache disorders include severe cluster headaches and recurrent headaches that frequently affect one side of the head and are brought on by tense neck and scalp muscles.

There are many ways to treat migraines and other headache disorders. However, they frequently involve painkillers, dietary adjustments, and, in some circumstances, drugs or procedures that lessen the frequency and intensity of headaches. In extreme situations, further therapies such as nerve blocks or Botox injections may be utilized to address the symptoms.

If you get frequent or severe headaches, you should consult a neurologist. They can help identify the underlying cause and create a successful treatment strategy.

Strokes

A stroke, commonly referred to as a "brain assault," is a disorder that happens when the blood supply to a portion of the brain is interrupted, which causes brain cell damage and functional loss. Numerous things, such as clogged arteries, blood clots, or brain hemorrhage, can result in strokes. Unexpected weakness or numbness on one side of the body, difficulty speaking or understanding others, confusion, vision loss, difficulty walking, and excruciating headaches are all signs of a stroke.

Depending on the type and cause, treatment for a stroke may entail prescription drugs, surgery, rehabilitation, and a lifestyle change. Early diagnosis and intervention are essential to reducing the long-term effects of a stroke and enhancing recovery prospects.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves are all parts of the central nervous system, which is affected by the chronic autoimmune illness known as multiple sclerosis (MS). Myelin, the protective covering of nerve fibers, is wrongly attacked by the immune system in MS, leading to inflammation and myelin destruction. Due to this injury, the usual flow of electrical signals along the nerves is disrupted, resulting in symptoms including muscle weakness, issues with balance and coordination, eyesight issues, and alterations in feeling or sensitivity to touch.

MS symptoms and effects on daily life can range from moderate to severe and are typically diagnosed in young people. Although there is no known treatment for MS, there are several drugs and therapies that can help with symptom management, disease progression, and quality of life. The primary objectives of treatment are to control symptoms, maintain function, and maximize independence.

A timely and accurate diagnosis of MS and adequate management are essential for maximizing quality of life and lowering disability over time. A neurologist often provides care for MS patients and can identify and treat their symptoms, track the course of the disease, and offer direction and encouragement for medication and dietary changes.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition that impairs movement and is chronic and progressive. It happens as a result of the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain that regulates movement. The classic signs of Parkinson's disease, including tremors, stiffness, bradykinesia (slow movement), and postural instability, are brought on by this dopamine depletion (balance problems). Non-motor symptoms like sadness, sleep issues, and cognitive decline also manifest in some situations.

Although the precise origin of Parkinson's disease is unknown, a mix of hereditary and environmental factors is thought to be responsible. Parkinson's disease currently has no known cure, although there are therapy alternatives to control symptoms and enhance quality of life. These could consist of prescription drugs, deep brain stimulation (DBS), physical therapy, and other recovery methods. People with Parkinson's should collaborate closely with a neurologist to create a customized treatment strategy.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

A neurodegenerative condition known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) damages the nerve cells in charge of commanding voluntary muscles. In honor of the well-known baseball player who received the diagnosis, Lou Gehrig, it is also referred to as Lou Gehrig's sickness. ALS gradually weakens and atrophies the muscles by destroying the nerve cells (motor neurons) in charge of exercising voluntary muscles. As a result of the muscles no longer receiving messages from the brain and spinal cord, the condition eventually results in total paralysis.

Although there is currently no cure for ALS, there are several treatments that can help patients live better lives and manage their symptoms. These include physical therapy, speech therapy, and drugs to alleviate symptoms like muscle weakness, stiffness, and cramping. Some patients may also qualify for support tools like powered wheelchairs and ventilators to keep them mobile and independent.

Neuropathies

A group of diseases known as neuropathies affects the nerves that carry messages from the body to the brain. Symptoms might include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the affected areas. Neuropathies come in various forms, each with a unique combination of causes and symptoms.

Neuropathy can be brought on by a variety of factors, including trauma, infections, toxic exposure, and metabolic problems. Depending on the source and severity of the condition, treatment options for neuropathy can include medication, physical therapy, and other supportive measures. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to reducing symptoms and enhancing quality of life because neuropathy can sometimes result in irreparable nerve damage.

Neurodegenerative Disorders Such as Huntington's Disease

Huntington's disease is an uncommon, inherited neurological condition that impairs motor coordination, impairs cognition and alters behavior. It is brought on by a genetic abnormality that causes the brain's nerve cells to die off gradually.

The early signs of Huntington's disease can include irritability, mood changes, and problems with movement and coordination. As the illness advances, those impacted may notice changes in their speech and cognition and increase muscular control and mobility issues. Huntington's disease currently has no known cure. However, treatment may assist in managing symptoms and enhance the quality of life. Medication to control movement issues, behavioral therapy to help with emotional and behavioral symptoms, and rehabilitation to improve mobility and coordination are all possible forms of treatment.

Sleep Disorders

A collection of illnesses known as sleep disorders impact both the quantity and quality of sleep. Insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome (RLS), narcolepsy, and sleep-related movement disorders are a few prevalent sleep disorders.

  • A person with insomnia has difficulty getting asleep or staying asleep.
  • Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person's breathing pauses for a brief period while they are asleep.
  • The disease known as restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an overwhelming impulse to move them, especially at night.
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden, uncontrollable desires to sleep during the day are symptoms of narcolepsy.
  • Movement problems associated with sleep include bruxism (teeth grinding), sleepwalking, and sleep talking.

Sleep disorders can have a substantial impact on a person's quality of life, including their ability to work or complete everyday duties, as well as their physical and mental health.

Treatment for sleep problems frequently entails lifestyle adjustments, such as creating a sleep-friendly environment, establishing wholesome sleep routines, and refraining from sleep-interfering substances. Medicine or other therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, may sometimes be advised.

Spinal Cord Disorders

Conditions that affect the spinal cord, the lengthy, delicate tube structure that extends from the brain down the middle of the back and carries nerve impulses to and from the brain, are referred to as spinal cord illnesses. Spinal stenosis, herniated disks, spinal tumors, and transverse myelitis are a few frequent illnesses of the spinal cord. Numerous symptoms, including pain, numbness, weakness, and paralysis, can be brought on by these disorders. These disorders can be identified and treated by a neurologist, who will work to reduce symptoms, enhance function, and stop further harm. Medication, physical therapy, surgery, and other medical procedures are all possible treatments for spinal cord problems.

Brain Tumors and Other Forms of Brain Cancer

Brain tumors and different types of brain cancer refer to the abnormal growth of brain cells. These aberrant cells can grow into tumors, obstruct the brain's normal function, and invade other body organs. Brain tumors may be benign, meaning they are not cancerous, or malignant, meaning they are.

Our neurology departments at Medicana have highly skilled and knowledgeable doctors who use cutting-edge tools and methods to identify and treat brain tumors and other types of brain cancer. These doctors collaborate closely with other specialists, such as neurosurgeons, oncologists, and radiation therapists, to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

The kind, size, and location of the tumor, as well as the patient's general health, all influence the treatment options for brain tumors and other types of brain cancer. These alternatives could involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of therapies.

Whether you're an international patient, traveler, or expat in Turkey, you can depend on Medicana for the best care and assistance possible for your epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Call us at +90 850 4601010 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about our services.

Created at 11.10.2023 06:55
Updated at 22.05.2024 01:20
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