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Neurological care

Neurological care is the practice of medicine that focuses on the treatment, function and diagnosis of diseases relating to the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat disorders that affect the brain or spinal cord.

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Neurologists and neurosurgeons in St. Petersburg, Florida

When you need neurological care in Pinellas County, our experienced neurology team is is here for you.

The Neuroscience Institute at HCA Florida Northside Hospital offers a full range of services for the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. Our team of specialists — which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists — offers comprehensive care for conditions of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.

Neurological conditions we treat

Our neuroscience center's physicians and staff are prepared to treat the following conditions:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Spinal conditions
  • Strokes

Our neurological care services

From diagnosis and treatment through recovery and follow-up care, our team is dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality care.

Neurodiagnostic services

We offer advanced imaging and diagnostic services to diagnose neurological conditions quickly and effectively.

Some of our diagnostic services include:

  • Cerebral angiogram
  • Computerized tomography (CT) angiography
  • CT perfusion
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

Neurological treatments

We offer advanced and minimally invasive neurological treatment options, including:

  • AVM embolization: This minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of a catheter into the site of an AVM. Then, a glue-like substance is delivered to eliminate blood flow to the malformation.
  • Carotid artery stenting: This minimally invasive procedure can be used to open narrowed carotid arteries. A catheter is inserted and advanced into the carotid artery, which can then be opened and/or stented.
  • Cerebral aneurysm coiling: Aneurysm coiling involves the insertion of a catheter to the site of the aneurysm. Tiny wires are then used to fill the aneurysm, cutting off the blood flow to the clot and preventing rupture.
  • Computer-navigated cranial and spinal procedures: The specialists in our neuroscience center and orthopedic program work together to treat cranial and spinal conditions using advanced procedures. These procedures offer patients many advantages, such as reduced downtime and smaller incisions.
  • Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA): This is a drug that can be injected into the bloodstream to dissolve the blood clot causing a stroke.
  • Nonsurgical treatment: Some neurological and spinal conditions may be treated with medicine and/or physical therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Non-adhesive liquid application: This is a liquid plastic polymer that is inserted into an aneurysm to fill the space. It then hardens, cutting off the blood flow to prevent rupture of the aneurysm.
  • Shunt insertions: Shunts can be used to remove the pressure on the brain caused by excess fluids. In this procedure, a physician places a narrow piece of tubing into the fluid-filled ventricle, which allows the fluid to pass into another area of the body.

Advanced care for brain attacks and injuries

Our hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art Neurointervention Suite where we provide prompt diagnostics and treatments for brain conditions. 

Our Neurointervention Suite

Our Neurointervention Suite's biplane angiography equipment allows for advanced neurovascular imaging. With this technology, we can capture 3D neurovascular images to diagnose neurological conditions, such as cerebral aneurysms, strokes and vascular malformations. This equipment also allows us to reduce procedure time and radiation exposure.


Cerebral aneurysm care

An aneurysm is a widening or ballooning of an artery. When this occurs in the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm. Our interventional neuroradiologists work to reduce the growth of aneurysms before they burst or leak. First, a cerebral angiogram is performed to check for aneurysms. If an aneurysm is detected, the physician may proceed with one of two minimally invasive options: cerebral aneurysm coiling or non-adhesive liquid application.


Stroke care

Our emergency physicians and neurological care specialists work together to deliver prompt, lifesaving stroke treatment in our emergency room (ER). Our commitment to excellent stroke care has earned our hospital recognition as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the American Health Care Association and DNV GL Healthcare.

Teleneurology services for stroke

To improve patient access to neurology expertise, we offer remote telemedicine services. Our teleneurology program allows our physicians to assist patients within minutes after stroke symptoms occur.


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