The panel of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and nursing staff at Gleneagles Hospitals in Malaysia are professionally equipped to help provide comprehensive neurological treatment and care to the patients. With specialised medical expertise in the field neurology, they are committed to offering personalised and advanced solutions for a wide range of neurological conditions.
What is a Neurologist?
Neurologists are specialist doctors who assess patients, investigate, diagnose, and treat neurological disorders of the nervous system such as nerve coverings, blood vessels, and connective muscular tissues. They also provide aid in patient condition management.
If surgery is required, they may refer the patient to Neurosurgeons. Neurologists generally treat diseases and disorders such as epilepsy and seizures, dementia, head injury, migraines, multiple sclerosis, congenital neurological disorders like cerebral palsy, spinal muscular dystrophy, and many others.
Neurological Conditions and Symptoms
Different from psychiatric conditions, neurological conditions tend to affect parts of the human nervous system, whereas psychiatric conditions are more often associated with overall mental health conditions such as mood, thought and behaviour.
List of Neurological Conditions
At Gleneagles Hospitals, a dedicated team of neurologists and healthcare professionals specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide range of neurological conditions including:
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (treated by Neurosurgeons)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Acute spinal cord injuries
- Bell’s palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Strokes (ischemic stroke or haemorrhagic stroke)
- Brain tumours (treated by Neurosurgeons)
- Brain aneurysms (treated by Neurosurgeons)
- Traumatic head injuries (treated by Neurosurgeons)
- Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic neurological infections like Meningitis
- Motor neuron disease
Symptoms of Neurological Conditions
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of sensation
- Poor memory or concentration
- Poor coordination
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty swallowing or eating
- Speech problems
- Vision problems
- Recurrent headaches
Neurological Disorders Diagnostic Screenings
Those who are experiencing any one or more symptoms associated with neurological disorders are recommended to seek immediate professional attention. Intervening early with diagnosis and treatment including potential surgical recommendations can make a world of difference for long-term positive results.
If you or a loved one exhibits any of the symptoms above, do get in touch with Gleneagles Hospitals near you to consult with a brain specialist as soon as possible.
Due to the nature of nervous system disorders, many diagnostic tests might be required to ensure accurate screening results. The multidisciplinary team of highly trained healthcare professionals is ready to carefully screen for any conditions via the following diagnostic screening options.
1. CT (Computed Tomography) Scans
A computerised x-ray is used to provide cross-sectional imagery of the body in order to collect accurate diagnostic results and determine appropriate forms of treatment for brain tumours, blood clots, broken bones, cancer, and others.
2. A Detailed Medical History
This takes into consideration a detailed historical account of a patient's past and present health as well as medical related events including their family medical history. This type of comprehensive information is extremely valuable in helping our specialists make an accurate diagnosis.
3. Cognitive and Neuropsychological Tests
Mental acuity will be assessed in a series of tests that are designed to measure memory, language, math, visual and spatial recognition. These tests are specifically designed to determine the functioning level of the patient and help spot brain disorders like dementia.
4. Cerebral Angiogram
X-ray images of the heart and veins in the brain are taken, via a minimally invasive diagnostic test when a catheter is inserted into the blood vessel and an iodine-based dye is used.
5. Physical Examination
Patients may have to undergo evaluation of the physical body to help give insight into their general health and motor response times.
6. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
The usage of a strong magnetic field and radio waves help produce high resolution images of body structures on a computer for the diagnosis of conditions in order for the appropriate treatment to be proposed.
7. CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) Analysis
Fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord are tested to look for evidence regarding brain conditions such as bacterial meningitis or cancer.
8. Other Neurological Diagnostic Tests
These are an array of tests and procedures that identify correct disorders. These may include:
- Lumbar puncture
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Radiofrequency neurotomy
- Tilt table test
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Once confirmed, your neurological specialist will determine and recommend the appropriate treatment and care options, then create a plan of action to help you get the best possible outcome of recovery. Any chronic health conditions will be taken into consideration in your treatment plan.
Treatment Options for Neurological Conditions
1. Neurological Surgery
Mainly for patients with nervous system disorders, the journey through diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and post-surgery rehabilitation will be accompanied by a compassionate team of healthcare professionals. Patients will experience the best skill and dedication of neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, radiologists, and nurses Gleneagles Hospitals has to offer.
All Gleneagles Hospitals in Malaysia have specialists as well as the latest technologies required to perform brain surgeries like those related to brain cancers (gliomas, lymphomas, pituitary tumours, chordomas, medulloblastoma, etc).Other surgeries for blood flow in the brain for stroke, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid haemorrhage are also regularly performed by our trained panel of neurologists. Our team of experts is also experienced in conducting hydrocephalus, brain infection, etc.
2. Neuro-Rehabilitation Programme
The most important part of the recovery process, this programme is designed to help patients regain as much daily functionality and personal independence as possible through a comprehensive and tailored-to-fit treatment plan. Gleneagles Hospitals also offer continuity of care including any advice, counselling and follow up treatment.
Sometimes, lifestyle changes also have to be made or given thoughtful care, especially in dementia patients or those with disorders that require long-term care and treatment. But fret not, our compassionate and practical approach is widely appreciated.