Diseases & Conditions
Knowing more about conditions affecting the brain and nervous system can help you identify symptoms before they become a threat to your life. Valley Baptist Health System neurological team and stroke specialists are ready to apply the latest innovative techniques when it comes to your neurological health.
Acute Ischemic Stroke
An acute ischemic stroke is the result of a blockage in a blood vessel that halts the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. When this happens, the cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a toxic chemical; this can be very threatening to the surrounding brain tissues.
Also referred to as a pinched nerve, cervical radiculopathy can cause numbness, pain and weakness. Pain can radiate to the chest and arms.
Complex Tumor of the Skull Base
Skull base tumors grow at the bottom of the brain and near the skull. Their growth can cause significant problems including hearing loss, dizziness, vision loss and more.
Brain tumors are abnormal growths of cells in the brain. These masses can be benign or cancerous; treatment for a brain mass depends on whether or not the tumor is malignant.
This condition is a buildup of fluid in the brain. The pressure can be too much for the brain to handle and puts a patient at risk for brain damage.
Also be referred to as a slipped or ruptured disk, a herniation occurs when the softer portion of the disk pushes through the tough exterior of the vertebrae.
An intercerebral hemorrhage is the result of a diseased blood vessel that bursts within the brain, causing blood to leak inside of the brain. The increase in pressure inside of the brain can cause damage to surrounding tissue.
Intracranial Vascular Malformations
Intercranial vascular malformations are abnormally large veins in the brain. These malformations are usually diagnosed after a brain aneurysm.
When movements occur in the body that an individual does not want to happen, a movement disorder may exist. This disorder can include tremors and can be painful.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system attacks and eats away at the protecting coverings on the nerves. This disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
Parkinson's disease is a condition that affects the central nervous system. Tremors can occur and gradually become worse overtime.
A seizure is the result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. These can also be called convulsions; during an episode, the body often shakes violently.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord, including the nerves at the end of the spine. Injuries to the spine often cause permanent changes in sensation and can limit functioning in other portions of the body.
A majority of spinal fractures occur in the mid and lower back. They are often the result of high-impact falls or automobile accidents.
SPINAL VASCULAR MALFORMATION (AVM)
Also known as AVM, spinal vascular malformation is a rare and abnormal tangling of the blood vessels at the end of the spinal cord. Untreated AVM can lead to permanent spinal cord damage.
Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a brain bleed that occurs between the brain and the thin layer of tissue that surrounds the brain. Bleeding disorders and the use of blood thinners can lead to this type of hemorrhage.
Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels. The immune system attacks the blood vessels and causes thickening, weakening, scarring and narrowing.