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The central purpose of Comprehensive Neurology (CN) is to serve patients referred to our academic tertiary care department and provide timely access to world class clinician-educator neurologists. Comprehensive Neurology provides outstanding care to patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders from the simple to the complex, for both common and rare diseases, and including those whose diagnoses have not been clear and for whom management has been difficult and complex. The Division maintains a particular focus on patients whose disorders do not fit clearly into established neurology subspecialties.
Creating a clinic with a broad spectrum focus and highly trained neurological “generalists”, was a response to the increase in subspecialty services and the simultaneous decrease in neurologists who can treat a broad range of disorders. Many patients referred to tertiary care centers are undiagnosed and therefore may be difficult to assign to a specific subspecialty clinic.
As an integral part of a large, world-class multi-specialty neurology department, CN faculty have ready access to subspecialty experts. However, the group does not function as a triage unit. The neurologists provide most of the needed care but also have access to subspecialty expertise when appropriate for consultation, or in some cases, for transfer of care. And, the process works in both directions as many patients are referred to Comprehensive Neurology from various other MGH Neurology clinics.
We believe that this concept of a Comprehensive Neurology practice is a sustainable and highly desirable innovation in contemporary academic tertiary care neurology and a model for broader application across the nation.
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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die, often resulting in symptoms such as impaired memory, thinking and behavior.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures.
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle tension are often factors in tension type headaches.
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. This causes problems with the voluntary muscles of the body, especially the eyes, mouth, throat, and limbs.
Neurocutaneous syndrome is a broad term for a group of neurologic disorders that can cause tumors to grow inside the brain, spinal cord, organs, skin and skeletal bones.
Parkinson's disease (PD or, simply, Parkinson's) is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that is associated with symptoms such as tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face, stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.
Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.
General Neurology Program
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General Neurology ProgramMailcode: WACC 7-720Massachusetts General Hospital55 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114
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