Southern DHB Neurology
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- voluntary nervous system which controls what we choose to do and the
- involuntary or autonomic nervous system that controls automatic functions that we don’t have to think about.
Procedures / Treatments
An EEG is a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain. … More
Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
NCS are tests of the speed of conduction of impulses through a nerve. A doctor performs the tests with a technician.… More
EMG is a test that assesses disorders of muscles and the nerves controlling them.… More
Lumbar Puncture (LP)
Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is often helpful when diagnosing certain conditions to examine this fluid for cells and chemicals/proteins. A lumbar puncture allows the doctor to examine the content and pressure of this fluid.… More
Computer Tomography (CT)
A CT image is created by using an X-ray beam, which is sent through the body from different angles giving cross-sectional images of the body.… More
Epilepsy is a condition where people have seizures or ‘fits’. Seizures may present in many forms but are due to bursts of electrical activity within the brain. The problem can be with the electricity of the brain on its own or due to some underlying structural lesion of the brain.… More
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterised by shaking (tremor), slowing of movement and difficulty with walking and coordination.… More
Most headaches are not due to significant underlying problems but you may be referred if your GP is worried about the nature of your headaches or you are having difficulty controlling them with standard treatment.… More
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease involving the brain and spinal cord. It occurs over time in multiple sites in these two areas of the nervous system.… More
Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
This refers to a group of progressive disorders where there is destruction of motor neurones (the nerves that control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing.) Symptoms include: gradual weakening, shrinking of muscles and uncontrollable twitching of the muscles. Sensation, memory and personality are not affected.… More
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