Nervous system diseases

Neurology

At Tays, we study and treat neurological patients who have symptoms and diseases related to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. We study patients whose diagnosis requires additional studies, such as imaging or neural pathway studies. We are responsible, for example, for advanced medical treatment, brain stimulations and their follow-up care, as well as assessments of the functional capacity and rehabilitation of different patient groups.

Neurological diseases treated at Tays include the following, for example:

  • cerebral circulation disorders (strokes)
  • episodic and paroxysmal central nervous system disorders, such as epilepsy
  • inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and viral infections of the central nervous system
  • degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, such as dementia and Parkinson's disease
  • diseases of peripheral nerves, such as polyneuropathy
  • muscular diseases
  • sequelae and rehabilitation of the above-mentioned diseases and brain injuries
  • symptoms such as headache, dizziness and seizures

Tests and treatment at Tays

If the onset of the disease is acute, the patient is studied and treated immediately at First Aid Unit Acuta and in the wards. The most common emergency situations include cerebrovascular disorders and epileptic seizures.

The Outpatient Clinic studies and treats less urgent situations. In addition to blood samples, the most important studies for a neurological patient are brain and central nervous system imaging as well as neurophysiological studies.

The patient's treatment usually continues from the beginning of the diagnostic studies to the observation of the treatment's effectiveness.

Special expertise at Tays

Tays is one of the three spinal cord injury centres in Finland. Four out of five patients who receive thrombolytic treatment for a stroke are rehabilitated back to an independent life. Tays neurology also has special expertise in rare neurological diseases, such as cerebral vasculitis, autoimmune encephalitis, neurometabolic disorders, polyneuropathies and muscular diseases.

We also have special expertise in more common diseases, such as motor disorder diseases, botulinum toxin treatments for dystonia, treatment of pain patients, evaluation of conditions following a brain injury, myasthenia gravis treatment, as well as treatment of epilepsy with deep brain stimulation.

Tays neurology units have approximately 7,400 treatment periods per year and 17,000 outpatient clinic visits.

Persons in charge

Deputy Chief Physician Sirpa Rainesalo
Chief Physician Heikki Numminen