Department of Neurology


Patient Care

We strive to provide patients with accurate diagnosis and treatment options based on cutting-edge research and discovery. We have 19 neurologists that have been board-certified by the Japanese Society of Neurology, and provide care for patients with degenerative diseases. Our doctors specialize in stroke, dementia, headache, and epilepsy. As such, we are able to provide comprehensive and advanced treatments for a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders. In February 2017, we established the first ALS multidisciplinary clinic in Japan. At the "ALS Clinic," it is possible to provide efficient care, such as same day rehabilitation and respiratory appointments, for ALS patients who have difficulty making repeated visits to the hospital. Given the technical diversity of our staff, we can solve many patient concerns in one place. In August 2018, for the first time in a university hospital in Tokyo, we employed the robot suit “HAL®” (Hybrid Assistive Limb®), to improve walking function in patients with ALS and those with spinal bulbar muscular atrophy.

According to our data over the past five years, approximately 40% of the patients admitted to our hospital had suffered a stroke. In recent years, the preferred treatment for acute cerebral infarction has shifted from treatments that dissolve thrombus, to therapies that treat the thrombus. Our main focus is stroke medical care and it is proudly carried out as a collaboration between the Departments of Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, and Radiology. In addition, we have conducted many clinical trials for Parkinson's disease and ALS, and are actively conducting both clinical and basic research. We have always passionately aspired to elucidate the mechanisms underlying intractable neurological disease and this motivates how we carry out medical care. We will always strive to use the results obtained from our medical treatments and research to help patients worldwide.

Diseases in focus

  • Neurological diseases
    Neurodegenerative disease:Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body disease, Alzheimer's disease, Multiple system atrophy, Hereditary spastic paraplegia, Progressive supranuclear palsy, Corticobasal degeneration
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
    Cerebrovascular disease, Stroke
  • Neuroimmune diseases
    Multiple sclerosis (MS), Neuromyelitis optica (NM0), Myasthenia Gravis
    Guillain-Barré syndrome, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Muscle diseases
    Polymyositis, Myotonic dystrophy, Mitochondrial myopathy
  • Infectious disease
    Meningitis, Encephalitis
  • Headache disease
    Migraine, Tension headache, Cluster headache
  • Other
    Epilepsy, blepharospasm, facial cramping, spasmodic torticollis

ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, “ALS”, is a disease that arises in middle age or later, with an average prognosis of 3 to 5 years. We care for patients with ALS, providing individualized, patient-centered care with the utmost compassion. Although ALS is a tough and rapidly progressing disease, we employ the latest disease-modifying therapies, or conduct clinical trials to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. We are experienced in gently managing difficulties swallowing, impairment of respiratory function, and communication problems during the early stage of disease.

The ALS Clinic provides

Patients with ALS and their families have received extraordinary care at the ALS Clinic at Toho University. We are also the first in Japan to provide a multidisciplinary clinic that allows patients to meet with all members of their care team, on the same day and in the same place. In other words, we aim to provide the most comprehensive and multifaceted care possible for patients at a time when they need efficient and effective solutions. The ALS Clinic is composed of neurologists, rehabilitation doctors, ALS nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists, social workers, clinical research coordinators, and pharmacologists. We also cooperate with family doctors, visiting nurses, and care managers to provide the utmost comprehensive treatment.
The ALS Clinic provides

Consultation at the ALS clinic

The ALS Clinic cares for patients who have been diagnosed with ALS at the Toho University Hospital. Patients who have been diagnosed with ALS at another hospital and wish to be seen at the ALS Clinic at Toho University Hospital will need to obtain a referral letter and meet Prof Kano on Tuesday morning.

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Department of Neurology
International: +81-3-5763-5324

Diagnosis and hospitalization of patients with ALS

The Toho University Omori Medical Center admits patients suspected of having ALS. Upon admission each patient receives a detailed examination in order to make a definitive diagnosis and establish an appropriate treatment schedule. All details regarding medical condition are reported to the patients. Should it be necessary, we can start edaravone (Radicava) infusions or enroll patients in clinical trials during their hospital stay.

Cyborg-type robot "HAL"

In the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, the cyborg-type robot HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) is used to improve the walking function of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or spinal/bulbar muscular atrophy. As a medical device, HAL® has been shown to be effective in improving mobility and thus has potential for suppressing the advancement of slowly progressing neurological and muscular diseases. HAL® is mainly used for patients with a height between 150 and 175 cm (size S, M), who can walk 10 m or more with assistance or walking aids. In most cases, treatment using HAL® is covered by Japanese medical insurance.

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Department of Neurology
Toho University Omori Medical Center
6-11-1, Omorinishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-8541, Japan
International: +81-3-5763-5324
Mon-Fri 14: 00-16: 00