Neurologist Dr. Med. Zanda Priede is a crucially important team member in ORTO Clinic’s patient care. Teamed with a rehabilitation specialist and a medical doctor, as well as physical therapists, she frequently undertakes care of patients – mostly with a spinal condition – for whom surgery can be postponed, as well a post-procedural cases. Her arsenal of tools includes a broadly focussed mind probing for the causes of patients’ complaints, competence in conducting and analysing all of the available neurological tests: electroencephalography, Doppler ultrasound and electromyography, and experience in selecting supportive treatment. The doctor, however, acknowledges that the best results leading to significant improvement in the patient’s well-being are frequently achieved through teamwork of a number of doctors and specialists in line with the practice of patient care in ORTO Clinic.
Apart from spinal surgery cases, the patients consulted by Dr. Med. Zanda Priede in ORTO Clinic include patients of a broad spectrum of neurological conditions: peripheral nerve damage, posttraumatic neuropathies, neurodegenerative disease, patients with unexplained loss of consciousness and epilepsy. The doctor’s field of competence is the human nervous system, both central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (responsible for the functioning of muscles and internal organs and the senses). She has good knowledge of the conditions affecting the brain and the spinal cord, the vertebral column and the neural system.
The doctor is a Chair member of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department of the Riga Stradins University where she lectures and guides research work conducted by students and residents. Her own current scholarly interest lies in neurodegenerative diseases, most manifestly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The doctor notes that it is erroneous to see memory loss as a normal sign of ageing. Such symptoms are caused by a neurodegenerative disease. Latvia has all the facilities for carrying out tests and radiological examinations for diagnosing the condition; however, available treatments of neurodegenerative diseases are still limited globally. “Timely treatment, in turn, staves off some of the processes typical for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is a good reason for seeing a doctor in good time,” says Zanda Priede.
As she invests a lot of her time into studying neurodegenerative diseases, Zanda Priede shares her knowledge through delivering talks to neurologists in Latvia. “Neurodegenerative diseases are many in number. They are not always easy to distinguish. The aim of my talks is to give essential knowledge to my colleagues to reduce diagnostic errors in this field,” says Zanda Priede.
Apart from her scholarly pursuits and work at the ORTO Clinic, Zanda Priede is a visiting specialist at the Riga Stradins University Hospital, where she mostly works with patients recovering after stroke.
The doctor is among the few neurologists in Latvia who has been certified to carry out all the three supplementary neurodiagnostic tests. Electroencephalography is applied to diagnose a patient with episodes of epilepsy or blackouts. Doppler ultrasound of the head and neck enables to assess the vessels for potential cerebrovascular adverse events that can be avoided with appropriate medicines. Electromyography assesses peripheral nerve damage and impairments in signal transmission in the peripheral nerves which may help the doctor to identify the cause of numbness, loss of sensitivity or weakness in the limbs.
Zanda Priede sees patients in ORTO Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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