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Since it was founded in 1920 by Prof. Ludvig Puusepp, the Neurology Clinic has always valued both clinical and research work. It keeps the mind sharp and the clinic’s visitors can feel it too – all of the employees in the clinic are willing to share their knowledge, skills and the best medical help in Estonia.

 

If a nervous disability is suspected, the clinic guarantees an expert opinion based upon contemporary understanding and modern diagnostics equipment throughout Estonia. On the basis of the clinic, several consultative centres are organised: specialist doctors, nurses, a physiotherapist, a psychologist, and a speech therapist give consultations and advise in these centres on muscle diseases, Sclerosis multiplex, Parkinson’s disease, memory disorders, brain bloodstream disorders, headaches and epilepsy.

 

During the last few years, the percentage of neuropsychological testing has increased in the Neurology Clinic. This makes it possible to define and measure the character and extent of brain damage, evaluate the dynamics of the changes and compile a treatment plan based upon this knowledge.

The clinic has created contemporary conditions for the successful treatment of brain diseases. Brain perfusion, functional brain activation and magnetic resonance spectroscopy offer new possibilities in magnetic resonance tomography. The abovementioned methods form the basis for further cooperation with psychiatrists and psychologists.

 

The Neurology Clinic is the first in Estonia to use round-the-clock video telemetry. This is an innovation that provides possibilities for studying paroxysmal disorders in adults and enables doctors to distinguish between epileptic attacks and non-epileptic as well as to prescribe adequate treatment.

In order to perform early neurophysiologic diagnostics of peripheral neuropathies, the clinic uses a quantitative sensory test (QST), which is a modern painless and quick diagnostics method. The equipment makes it possible to objectively evaluate the skin’s temperature sensitivity and its dysfunctions as well as to measure the vibration sensitivity of limbs.

 

The clinic’s study group is part of the Molecular and Clinical Medicine Centre, which is one of the top ten scientific centres in Estonia and credited with the highest possible mark among the Eastern Europe Top Science Centres in the European Union.

 

Achievements

 

  • During the last few years, 11 doctoral theses have been completed in the clinic.
  • Implemented video telemetry method in the study of paroxysmal disorders.
  • Modernised stereotaxic surgery for treating extra-pyramidal diseases and taking brain biopsy samples.
  • Implemented neuropsychological testing methods.