Neurodegenerative Diseases in Medellín

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Neurodegenerative diseases represent a constantly evolving area of medical research. MDE Care has specialists dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis of these diseases, focused on making different therapies to address the physical, emotional and social challenges associated with these debilitating conditions.

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What are neurodegenerative diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases are a group of disorders characterized by the progressive deterioration of nerve cells, thus affecting the functioning of the central and peripheral nervous system. These conditions, which include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), among others, represent a significant medical and social challenges today.

Key characteristics

The general characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases include:

Gradual deterioration:

Neurodegenerative diseases involve a gradual decline in brain or neuronal function over time.

Loss of neurons:

They are characterized by the progressive loss of nerve cells or neurons in specific regions of the brain or spinal cord.

Varied symptoms:

Symptoms may vary depending on the type of disease, but generally include cognitive, motor and/or functional problems.

Main Neurodegenerative Diseases

Some neurodegenerative diseases are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

How is the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases made?

The diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases at MDE Care involves a comprehensive approach combining different methods and clinical tests.

The physician gathers detailed information about the patient's symptoms, personal and family medical history, and performs a thorough physical examination to assess neurological function.

Specialized tests are used to assess cognitive function, memory, language, attention and other mental abilities.

Brain imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT), are performed to detect structural abnormalities in the brain that may be indicative of a neurodegenerative disease.

Blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests are performed to rule out other causes of symptoms and to look for biomarkers associated with specific neurodegenerative diseases.

In some cases, specialized evaluations, such as genetic testing or electrophysiological studies, may be performed to confirm the diagnosis and determine the specific type of neurodegenerative disease.

The diagnosis and management of neurodegenerative diseases requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, which may include neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists.

What is the treatment for neurodegenerative diseases?

Treatment for neurodegenerative diseases varies depending on the specific type of disease, the severity of symptoms and the individual needs of each patient. Treatment may include:

Medications are prescribed to control symptoms and slow disease progression in some cases. For example, in diseases such as Parkinson's disease, dopaminergic medications are used to control motor symptoms. In Alzheimer's disease, medications may be prescribed to improve cognitive function and control behavioral changes.

Physical and occupational therapy can help improve mobility, muscle strength and independence in activities of daily living. Therapists can recommend specific exercises, rehabilitation techniques and assistive devices to improve the patient's quality of life.

For patients with diseases that affect speech and language, such as advanced Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), speech and language therapy can help improve communication and swallowing.

Palliative and supportive care is critical to provide comfort and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. This may include pain management, symptom control, emotional and psychological support, and advance care planning.

Ongoing research is being conducted to develop new treatments and therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Participating in clinical trials can provide access to experimental treatments and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in this field.

Why choose MDE Care?

By choosing MDE Care for the detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, you are opting for a comprehensive, patient-centered approach. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the process we are going through to obtain  our Medical Facilitator certification, which ensures that our team is properly trained to provide specialized and compassionate care tailored to each patient’s individual needs. 

With personalized service, professionalism and empathy, at MDE Care we strive to provide an exceptional experience in the care of neurodegenerative diseases, prioritizing your well-being and satisfaction at all times.

MDE Care physicians have extensive experience and expertise in neurology.  The specialists have the training and understanding to carry out the assessment of neurodegenerative diseases in a patient-friendly manner, thanks to patient-friendly methodologies in order to build trust and facilitate the diagnosis and treatment process. 

We are pleased to announce that MDE Care is currently working towards certification as a Medical Facilitator with Global Healthcare Accreditation

Professionals at MDE Care

At MDECare, our team specializing in neurodegenerative diseases recognizes the vital importance of every interaction with our patients. We strive to ensure that every visit to our clinic is a positive and enriching experience. In addition to medical treatment, we provide emotional support and comprehensive care to improve the quality of life for those battling these diseases and their loved ones.

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Neurodegenerative diseases can be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Factors such as the accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain, chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and gradual degeneration of nerve cells contribute to the development of these diseases. Although in some cases the exact cause is not fully understood, research suggests that the interaction between genetic predispositions and environmental factors plays a significant role in their development.

Yes, several risk factors are associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases. These include advanced age, family history of the disease, certain inherited genes, traumatic brain injury, exposure to environmental toxins, unhealthy lifestyle (such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise), as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. However, the presence of these factors does not guarantee the development of a neurodegenerative disease, as the interaction between multiple factors can influence the risk of developing these conditions.

Currently, there is no curative treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, but therapeutic approaches are used to alleviate symptoms and slow their progression. These include medications to control motor and neuropsychiatric symptoms, occupational and physical therapy to improve quality of life, and emotional and psychological support for patients and caregivers. In addition, research continues in search of more effective treatments, such as gene and stem cell therapies, as well as prevention approaches that can address the underlying causes of these diseases.

Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent neurodegenerative diseases, adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk. This includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, exercising regularly to promote cardiovascular and brain health, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and not smoking. In addition, maintaining stimulating mental activity, such as reading, learning new hobbies and maintaining active social relationships, can help preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of developing these diseases.

Life expectancy for people with neurodegenerative diseases varies depending on the type of disease, severity of symptoms and response to treatment. In general, these diseases are usually progressive and can reduce life expectancy, although the rate of progression can be variable. Some people may live for years with controlled symptoms, while others may experience rapid degeneration. Medical support, early treatment and comprehensive care can help improve quality of life and prolong life expectancy in some cases.

Neurodegenerative diseases significantly affect the quality of life of the patient and their caregivers. Symptoms such as loss of motor, cognitive and emotional functions can limit the patient's independence, affect their ability to perform daily activities and diminish their emotional well-being. Caregivers face a considerable physical and emotional burden in providing ongoing support, managing symptoms, and adapting to the patient's changing needs. This can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and burnout, negatively impacting their quality of life. Emotional support, appropriate information and caregiving resources can help mitigate these effects.

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Neurodegenerative diseases represent a constantly evolving area of medical research. MDE Care has specialists dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis of these diseases, focused on making different therapies to address the physical, emotional and social challenges associated with these debilitating conditions.

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