Nervous System Disorders

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  1. Acute Spinal Cord Injury

    Many types of trauma can cause an acute spinal cord injury. The more common types occur when the area of the spine or neck is bent or compressed.

  2. Alzheimer's Disease

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, a disorder in which mental functions deteriorate and break down.

  3. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    Detailed information on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, including statistics, types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  4. Anatomy of the Brain

    The brain is an important organ that controls thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, respiration, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates your body.

  5. Ataxia

    Detailed information on ataxia, including sporadic ataxia and the hereditary ataxias

  6. Bell's Palsy

    Bell's palsy is an unexplained weakness or paralysis of the facial muscle that begins suddenly and worsens over three to five days. It can strike at any age, but it occurs most often in pregnant women, and in people who have diabetes, influenza, or another upper respiratory ailment.

  7. Brain Tumors

    A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain. The tumor can either originate in the brain itself or come from another part of the body and travel to the brain.

  8. Cerebral Aneurysm

    A cerebral aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain. This weak spot raises the risk that the artery wall will burst open.

  9. Cluster Headaches

    Detailed information on cluster headaches including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  10. Diagnosis and Treatment for Migraines

    To help diagnose a migraine, your doctor may ask you when your headaches occur, how long they last, and what they feel like.

  11. Diagnostic Tests for Neurological Disorders

    Evaluating and diagnosing damage to the nervous system is complicated and complex. Many of the same symptoms occur in different combinations among the different disorders.

  12. Effects of Stroke

    When an area of the brain is damaged, which typically occurs with a stroke, an impairment may result. An impairment is the loss of normal function of part of the body. Sometimes, an impairment may result in a disability, or inability to perform an activity in a normal way.

  13. Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the brain. The inflammation causes the brain to swell, which leads to changes in a person's neurologic condition, including mental confusion and seizures.

  14. Epilepsy and Seizures

    Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

  15. Glossary - Nervous System Disorders

    A glossary of terms relating to the nervous system.

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