Sunday July 23rd 2017

Emerging Subspecialties in Neurology: Palliative care

As we work to find cures for so many devastating neurologic injuries and diseases, our patients suffer tremendously on a daily basis. Individuals with conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease (PD), muscular dystrophies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and nervous system malignancies share a host of physical, emotional, and existential symptoms that can be difficult to treat. In addition, patients and their families face the realities of loss of function, loss of ability to communicate, and lifespans limited by the neurologic diagnosis or complications related to it (e.g., dysphagia, immobility, infection). We may not always be able to reverse damage to the nervous system, but we can optimize quality of life for our patients by providing expertise in communica…

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