Diagnosis - Neurology

Meralgia paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica is a disease caused by the compression of a sensory nerve of the upper thigh.  Symptoms of meralgia paresthetica may include numbness, burning pain or tingling in the outer portion of the thigh.  Causes of meralgia paresthetica may include pregnancy, wearing clothes that are too tight and obesity.  Treatment of meralgia paresthetica may involve conservative lifestyle changes, medication or in some cases, surgery to relieve the pressure placed on the nerve.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies part of the body as ‘foreign’ and attacks it.  In multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the surrounding sheaths of the nerves, causing irreversible damage.  This damage impairs the lines of communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  Multiple sclerosis can be debilitating, with symptoms varying widely and including muscle weakness, changes in sensation, coordination and balance difficulties, visual problems, speech and swallowing problems, fatigue, pain and bladder difficulties.  In the early stages of multiple sclerosis, the symptoms may only arise intermittently, making it difficult to diagnose.  Women are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than men, with the disease usually arising between the ages of 20 to 40.  Although there is still no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment aims at reducing the autoimmune activity and managing symptoms. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a part of the body as ‘foreign’ and attacks it. The part of the body that is attacked in cases of myasthenia gravis is the junction where nerves deliver signals from the brain to the muscles.  Therefore, muscle weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles that are under voluntary control are signs of myasthenia gravis. Although there is no cure for myasthenia gravis, there are treatments available that aim to control the symptoms. Medications are the most common treatment, however in more serious cases of myasthenia gravis, surgery or dialysis-like filtering of the blood plasma (plasmapheresis) may be necessary.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a type of chronic muscle pain that is caused when so-called ‘trigger points’ are touched or irritated.  Trigger points are sensitive knots within muscles which can elicit painful sensations that may then radiate out into the entire muscle.  People suffering from myofascial pain syndrome have persisting pain that generally becomes worse over time.  Many types of common pain (for instance, headaches, neck pain, lower back pain) have now been associated with myofascial pain syndrome.  Treatment of myofascial pain syndrome may involve physical therapy, medications or trigger point injections.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a disorder characterised by excessive sleepiness and extreme fatigue during the day which can result in ‘attacks’ of sleep.  A person suffering narcolepsy may fall asleep at inappropriate times of the day (for instance, while at work) which makes it very difficult to maintain a daily routine.  Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder for which there is still no cure.  However, treatments are available in the form of medications and lifestyle changes that are aimed at controlling symptoms.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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