Diagnosis - Neurology

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that arises from degeneration of nerve cells in a specific area of the brain.  Parkinson’s disease develops slowly and often begins with a slight tremor in one hand as the first symptom.  Over time a characteristic constellation of symptoms arises including muscle rigidity, tremor and slowed physical movement.  Parkinson’s disease can also lead to speech, coordination and cognitive impairment.  While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment often involves improving the symptoms and may include medication, physical therapy and in some cases, surgery.   

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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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Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to nerves that can result in disturbed sensibility, muscle weakness or organ/gland dysfunction, depending on the type of nerve that is affected and the extent of nerve damage.  The hands, legs and feet are most commonly affected by peripheral neuropathy.  The disturbed sensibility of peripheral neuropathy may be a painful burning or tingling sensation or a feeling of numbness.  While one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, other causes include injury, infection, exposure to toxic substances and other metabolic disorders.  Therapy of peripheral neuropathy aims at treating the underlying problem and managing the painful 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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Phantom pain

Phantom pain refers to pain that is felt in a part of the body that has been amputated.  While phantom pain was formerly considered to be purely psychological, it is now recognised that the painful sensations are generated in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and incorrectly assigned to the missing limb or body part.  In some cases, phantom pain may clear up by itself.  If the phantom pain persists, treatment is required and may involve anything from medications, noninvasive therapy (eg. accupuncture, nerve stimulation) to minimally invasive therapy (eg. injections, spinal cord stimulation).  If these therapies do not improve the symptoms of phantom pain, surgery may also be employed.

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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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Postherpetic neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition that affects the nerves and skin.  Postherpetic neuralgia can arise as a complication of shingles, a painful viral condition that causes skin rash and blistering.  Usually shingles heals within about four weeks.  If the pain persists after the rash and blisters clear up, it is referred to as postherpetic neuralgia.  There are numerous treatments available for postherpetic neuralgia including various medications, electrical nerve stimulation and skin patches that reduce pain.

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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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Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash and blistering of the skin.  The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that also causes chickenpox.  After having chickenpox, an inactive form of the virus lies dormant in the body in nerve tissue close to the brain and spinal cord.  The virus may then become reactivated decades later and cause shingles.  Typically, shingles occurs as a painful strip of blisters that wraps around one side of the back and chest although it also commonly occurs in other places.  Shingles usually clears up on its own after about a month however it is very painful.  Treatment involves pain-killing medication and antiviral drugs. 

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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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