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Neurosciences

Crozer-Keystone Neurosciences InstituteCrozer-Keystone uses the latest research and state-of-the-art technologies to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered neurosurgery and neurology services with individualized care. Our team of neurosurgeons and neurologists work together to create a holistic care plan for each patient we see.

Our physicians have pioneered some of the most advanced vascular neurosurgery techniques used around the world today. They use life-saving devices, perform groundbreaking procedures and invent new therapies, while keeping their patients at the forefront of everything they do.

Crozer-Keystone recently entered into a partnership with Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI) to develop a comprehensive neurosciences institute focused on delivering clinically advanced brain and spine care services. To learn more about Global Neurosciences at Crozer, please click here.

Conditions Treated

We diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurologic conditions, including:

  • Acoustic Neuroma: A rare noncancerous tumor, which presses on the hearing and balance nerves in the inner ear.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: A progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It is the most common cause of dementia.
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): Arteries and veins that are have formed incorrectly and are unusually tangled. This usually happens during development before birth or shortly after.
  • Brain and Spine Trauma: Severe shock or damage to the nervous system.
  • Brain Aneurysm: A bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain, resulting in an abnormal ballooning of the artery that is at risk for rupturing.
  • Brain, Pituitary and Spine Tumors: A collection of cells that grow out of control, ultimately forming a mass in the brain, pituitary gland or spine.
  • Carotid Stenosis: A narrowing of the main blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the brain.
  • Chiari Malformations: A problem in which a part of the brain at the back of the skull bulges through a normal opening in the skull where it joins the spinal canal.
  • Cognitive Disorders: A problem that causes impairment or decline of mental function, such as memory, motor skills or learning.
  • Concussion: A jarring brain injury that is caused by a bump or blow to the head that causes headache, dizziness and confusion, among other symptoms.
  • Epilepsy and Seizures: A condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having recurrent seizures.
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A disease that causes a disruption in the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, resulting in problems with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions.
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH): A buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.
  • Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders: A disease characterized by tremor, usually when at rest, decreased spontaneous movements, slowness of movement, gait difficulty and rigidity.
  • Stroke: The loss or alteration of bodily function that results from an insufficient supply of blood to the brain.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia: A type of nerve pain that affects the face, usually on one side of the jaw or cheek.

Diagnostic Testing

Evaluating and diagnosing conditions affecting the brain, spine and nervous system is complicated and complex. Our providers use the following tests to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition and build an appropriate care plan.

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) detects abnormalities in the brain waves or electrical activity of the brain
  • Electromyography (EMG) measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle. The test is used to help detect neuromuscular abnormalities
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a radiation-free, usually non-invasive way to produce high-quality pictures inside the body from multiple planes
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a specific type of MRI designed specifically to examine the body’s blood vessels.
  • Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) is an excellent non-invasive method of diagnosing a condition called cerebral venous thrombosis. MRV can demonstrate absent flow in the right transverse sinus, sigmoid sinus, and internal jugular vein.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans are a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body
  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) scans are a special kind of CT exam that focuses particularly on the blood vessels, using a contrast material to make them show up clearly in the images. CTA is used to examine blood vessels in areas including the brain and neck.
  • Computed Tomography Perfusion (CTP) is a form of CT that provides detailed information about blood flow to the brain. CTP is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate.

Programs & Services

Neurology

Our physicians have a diverse range of subspecialties including diagnosis of epilepsy, sleep disorders, Parkinson’s Disease/Movement Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease/ Cognitive Disorders allowing us to serve the community with comprehensive neurological care. Our physicians also work collaboratively with other specialists, including our neurosurgeons, to provide the best possible patient care.

Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgeons and vascular neurosurgeons offer a full-range conventional and minimally-invasive surgical treatment options. We also provide patients with novel surgical treatments not available elsewhere in the region aimed at improving their quality of life and enhancing their recovery process.

CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is a painless and nonsurgical outpatient cancer treatment with minimal to no side effects. CyberKnife uses a combination of image guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics for extremely precise targeting to diagnose and treat brain tumors.

Emergency and Critical Care

Crozer-Keystone offers the region’s only Neurologic Emergency Department (Neuro ED), located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. The Neuro ED dramatically expedites treatment time for patients with life-threatening conditions, providing the best care possible for patients and their families.

The hospital also features a Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU), which provides dedicated care to patients with life-threatening neurological problems.

Concussion Management

Crozer-Keystone offers specialized care from a team of experts trained in the detection and treatment of traumatic and sports concussion. Not all concussions are the same, so you may receive treatment from experts in more than one specialty.

Epilepsy Monitoring

Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), located at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), offers targeted, specialized therapy to patients suffering from epilepsy – both newly diagnosed and those requiring change-in-status monitoring. The inpatient unit allows physicians to collect information 24 hours a day on all activity – when the patient is awake, asleep and active.

Stroke Care

Crozer-Keystone Health System’s multidisciplinary stroke teams are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients who suffer stroke.

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