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Veterinary Neurology is the study and treatment of diseases of the nervous system. This part of the body includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
‘Neurology is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases of the nervous system and brain and includes aspects of both medicine and surgery. Here we see Dr Pete Smith explain the investigation of Bruce, who presents with unusual muscle twitching of his head.’
The neurology service is a key part of the clinical services team and led by Laurent Garosi. Laurent is aided by Aurelien Jeandel, Johnny Plessas, Emilie Royaux and Pete Smith. The veterinary neurology service sees a wide-range of presentations, including loss of limb function (ranging from wobbliness, weakness to total paralysis), seizures, spinal pain/compression, loss of nerve function, abnormalities of special senses (e.g. balance problems), and muscles diseases.
Case investigations might include a combination of blood tests, diagnostic imaging (e.g. MRI scanning, myelography), cereberospinal fluid sampling, advanced electrodiagnostics (electromyography, nerve conduction velocities) and nerve or muscle biopsy.
Subsequent to a diagnosis, the clinician will advise upon options for therapy, which might include drug therapy and/or surgical management. As always, the clinician is happy to discuss the management of your pet’s problems and explore the best option for the particular situation.