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Why choose us for neurology care?

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. When you choose our neurology team, you’re choosing a longstanding history of excellence. In neurology, our goal is to bring scientific research and discovery from the bench to the bedside to improve your treatment and quality of life.  

We offer:  

  • Specialized care: Our neurologists specialize in multiple areas, including epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, memory disorders and more. This subspecialization allows us to offer specialty services available at few centers in the nation.  
  • Recognized expertise: Our physicians include a number of regional and national neurology experts. Our department is nationally recognized as a leader in noninvasive neurology treatment. 
  • Expert diagnostic tools: We have a range of neurodiagnostic testing tools, including sleep studies, electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG). A positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, a state-of-the art brain imaging technique invented and developed at Washington University, is located in the neurology intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The unit is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the United States. 
  • AIDS neurology: Our neurologists are part of the Neurologic AIDS Research Consortium (NARC). This consortium is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to design and conduct clinical trials for improving therapies for AIDS patients with neurologic conditions. As new challenges arise in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, NARC continues to develop relevant studies.
Neurologic conditions we treat

In addition to treating general adult neurologic conditions, neurologists have expertise in a host of subspecialties. We treat the entire range of neurological conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer's disease
    The most common type of dementia, this condition causes a progressive loss of memory, cognitive function and language skills.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    ALS is a neuromuscular disorder that breaks down nerve cells, causing muscle weakness.
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
    An AVM is an irregular connection between veins and arteries in the brain.
  • Ataxia
    This condition is characterized by a loss of coordination, balance difficulties and trouble walking.
  • Brain and head injuries
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a blow to the head or body causes brain dysfunction.
  • Brain aneurysm
    An aneurysm occurs when a weak spot in one of the brain's blood vessels bulges and fills with blood.
  • Brain tumors
    Tumors occur when a cluster of irregular cells forms in the brain or travels to the brain.
  • Dementia
    This general term refers to the group of diseases that cause a loss of cognitive skills such as memory or judgment.
  • Dystonia
    Involuntary muscle contractions affect one or more parts of your body. These contractions can cause repetitive movements, twisting or cramps.
  • Encephalitis
    Encephalitis refers to brain inflammation, usually caused by an infection or autoimmune disease.
  • Epilepsy
    Epilepsy is a chronic condition characterized by seizures, bursts of uncontrolled electrical activity in your brain.
  • Essential tremor
    You experience involuntary and repetitive, rhythmic shaking. Essential tremor usually affects your hands, but can also affect your arms, legs, head or voice.
  • Guillain-Barr' syndrome
    This rare disorder occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks your nerves.
  • Headaches
    A headache may cause dull, sharp or radiating head pain and could have an underlying neurological cause.
  • Huntington's disease
    This hereditary condition causes progressive nerve cell breakdown in your brain. This leads to problems with movement, cognitive skills and emotional regulation.
  • Meningitis
    Meningitis is inflammation in the membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord.
  • Moyamoya disease
    This rare cerebrovascular disorder causes a narrowing in the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain (carotid arteries).
  • Multiple sclerosis
    This chronic, progressive disease occurs when the immune system attacks the protective tissue around the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Myasthenia gravis
    This autoimmune disease causes breakdown in the communication between your muscles and nerves, leading to muscle weakness and double vision.
  • Neurofibromatosis
    This rare genetic disease causes noncancerous tumors to grow along nerves.
  • Parkinson's disease
    This progressive nervous system disorder occurs when nerve cell damage leads to a drop of dopamine. Symptoms include tremors, stiffness, balance problems or slow movements.
  • Peripheral neuropathy
    Nerve damage outside the brain and spinal cord can cause numbness, weakness and pain, often in the hands or feet.
  • Pituitary tumors
    These irregular growths form in the pituitary gland, a small gland in the brain that produces hormones.
  • Sleep disorders
    Sleep disorders include conditions that affect sleep patterns and negatively affect your overall health.
  • Spinal cord injuries
    Damage to your spinal cord prevents nerves below the point of injury from communicating with your brain.
  • Stroke
    A stroke occurs when there's a disruption in blood flow in your brain. Stroke requires emergency treatment to minimize brain damage.
  • Tourette syndrome
    This condition is characterized by repetitive twitches, sounds or movements known as tics. Tourette syndrome often starts in childhood.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
    This chronic pain disorder causes sudden, sharp pain along one side of the face.
Neurodiagnostic testing

You may need neurodiagnostic testing to evaluate, diagnose or monitor a neurological condition. Our experienced technicians use the latest technology in neurodiagnostic testing. Board-certified neurologists interpret the results and consult with your referring physician. We focus on your comfort and well-being, providing care specific to your needs.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient testing, which includes:

  • Receive computed tomography (CT) scans close to home.
  • We provide quick, accurate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Our expertise and commitment to quality help you receive outstanding care.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
    To record electrical activity in the brain. Video EEG can continuously monitor brain activity around the clock.
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
    This test measures electrical activity in muscles and nerves. It helps us evaluate symptoms such as numbness, tingling, reduced sensation and weakness.
  • Nerve conduction study
    This test measures how well and how fast your nerves can send electrical signals.
  • Visual evoked potential (VEP)
    This test evaluates the visual pathways in your brain by using electrodes attached to your head.
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