Diagnosis - Neurosurgery

Acoustic neuroma

Many people are terrified when they first hear that they have a growing tumor in their head. An Acoustic neuroma is noncancerous (benign) and generally slow growing. As well identified as vestibular schwannoma, the Acoustic neuroma is one of the most frequent types of brain tumors. In case of an Acoustic neuroma hearing loss can occur, that is caused by the tumor pushing on the nerve. Luckily, Acoustic neuromas do not attack brain tissue such as cancer. Sometimes an Acoustic neuroma stays so small that it never causes problems. Optional treatment methods in case of an Acoustic neuroma are the following: regular monitoring, radiation and surgical intervention.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    With 1,240 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Erfurt is the largest hospital in the region, and in charge of providing medical care to the inhabitants of Erfurt and beyond.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    The HELIOS Hospital Schwerin has 23 medical departments, a well known psychiatric clinic and possesses of 1,406 beds in total.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    The HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal is a maximum care hospital. With around 1,000 beds, it is the largest hospital in the Bergisch-Land area. Its 26 clinical departments provide almost the entire range of medical services.

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Brain aneurysm (cerebral aneurysm)

A brain aneurysm occurs when the wall of an artery in the brain becomes weakened, resulting in the wall bulging out like a balloon and filling with blood.  This typically occurs at junction points where two arteries meet. Smaller brain aneurysms may be asymptomatic and not require treatment. Larger brain aneurysms may however leak or place pressure on surrounding tissues and nerves in the brain, resulting in headaches, changes in vision, pupil dilation or numbness/weakness on one side of the face.  A further severe complication of brain aneurysms arises when an aneurysm ruptures, causing a bleeding into the brain (haemorrhagic stroke) and possibly leading to death.  Treatment of brain aneurysm involves either neurosurgical application of aneurysm clips to the affected vessel to close the base of the aneurysm or the insertion of endovascular coils with a catheter to eliminate the aneurysm by blocking blood flow into it.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    With 1,240 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Erfurt is the largest hospital in the region, and in charge of providing medical care to the inhabitants of Erfurt and beyond.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    The HELIOS Hospital Schwerin has 23 medical departments, a well known psychiatric clinic and possesses of 1,406 beds in total.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    The HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal is a maximum care hospital. With around 1,000 beds, it is the largest hospital in the Bergisch-Land area. Its 26 clinical departments provide almost the entire range of medical services.

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Brain tumour

As in other types of tumours, brain tumours (see also pituitary tumour, acoustic neuroma and meningioma) result from an abnormally high rate of growth in cells of the body. More than 120 types of brain tumours are known, ranging from very aggressive (malignant) to unaggressive (benign). As it increases in size, a brain tumour can disturb normal brain activity by increasing pressure within the brain, pressing against certain areas of the brain or invading/damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. The symptoms of brain tumour are often unspecific and depend on the tumour’s location.  Possible symptoms include a seizure occurring in an adult for the first time, gradual loss of movement or sensation in a limb, vision loss (particularly when it begins in the periphery) or double vision, speech difficulty, hearing loss and dizziness/disturbed balance. There are however many other manifestations of brain tumour such as nausea, headache, behaviour changes, memory loss and confusion. In order to diagnose brain tumour, generally MRI or CT scan of the head is required. Depending on the type of brain tumour, treatment may involve surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    With 1,240 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Erfurt is the largest hospital in the region, and in charge of providing medical care to the inhabitants of Erfurt and beyond.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    The HELIOS Hospital Schwerin has 23 medical departments, a well known psychiatric clinic and possesses of 1,406 beds in total.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    The HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal is a maximum care hospital. With around 1,000 beds, it is the largest hospital in the Bergisch-Land area. Its 26 clinical departments provide almost the entire range of medical services.

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Cerebral cavernous malformation (cavernous angioma)

Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) refers to disorders of the small blood vessels within the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). In cerebral cavernous malformation, the affected blood vessels become enlarged and irregular in structure with vessel walls becoming thinner. At the same time, the blood vessel walls lose their elasticity and may begin to leak. Symptoms of cerebral cavernous malformation include seizures, headaches, disturbed vision/hearing, paralysis or bleeding in the brain (haemorrhagic stroke). As seizures are the most common symptom, cerebral cavernous malformation can sometimes be effectively treated with antiepileptic medication. In other cases, neurosurgery may be required to correct the affected blood vessels. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    With 1,240 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Erfurt is the largest hospital in the region, and in charge of providing medical care to the inhabitants of Erfurt and beyond.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    The HELIOS Hospital Schwerin has 23 medical departments, a well known psychiatric clinic and possesses of 1,406 beds in total.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    The HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal is a maximum care hospital. With around 1,000 beds, it is the largest hospital in the Bergisch-Land area. Its 26 clinical departments provide almost the entire range of medical services.

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Cervical spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis refers to chronic degeneration in the joints of the neck. It generally first arises in people over the age of 40 and gets worse with increasing age. The joints between the bones that make up the neck portion of the spine (cervical spine) deteriorate over time in cases of cervical spondylosis, as do the cushioning vertebral discs situated between the vertebral bones.  This deterioration of cervical spondylosis can then lead to the formation of ‘bone spurs’, abnormal outgrowths of bone in the bones of the neck. These abnormal bone formations may then press against cervical spinal nerves that exit the spine through openings in the bones of the cervical spine. This can lead to symptoms such as neck pain, neck stiffness, weakness in the arms, headaches and loss of normal sensation in the shoulders and arms. Treatment for cervical spondylosis often involves a combination of medication, physical therapy and conservative measures.  In more serious cases of cervical spondylosis, surgery can be performed to reduce the pressure placed on nerves and stabilise the bones of the neck.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    HELIOS Hospital Erfurt

    With 1,240 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Erfurt is the largest hospital in the region, and in charge of providing medical care to the inhabitants of Erfurt and beyond.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    HELIOS Hospital Schwerin

    The HELIOS Hospital Schwerin has 23 medical departments, a well known psychiatric clinic and possesses of 1,406 beds in total.

    Show Hospital

  • HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal

    The HELIOS Hospital Wuppertal is a maximum care hospital. With around 1,000 beds, it is the largest hospital in the Bergisch-Land area. Its 26 clinical departments provide almost the entire range of medical services.

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