It is clear that the nervous system of brain is the most important part of human body. The two clinical departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at BRI provide medical care in the University Hospital. These two departments also work in concert with other clinical departments to deliver appropriate medical care to patients.
Neurosurgery Department operates clinical consultations for outpatients at the morning hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. A number of cases including brain tumor, cerebrovascular disorder and pediatric congenital deformities have been referred by other hospitals in and around Niigata. There are at present a total of 40 beds available for inpatient use, and approximately 440 cases of brain surgery are performed per year.
Neurology Department treats outpatients at the morning hours every weekday, and has 37 inpatient beds of its own, which are always fully occupied. Patients come from across the prefecture and other areas in Japan, and in fiscal year 2020, a total of 13,273 outpatients were seen, and a total of 11,306 inpatients were admitted. The cases seen include dementia, demyelination, degeneration, metabolism and cerebrovascular disease.
The two clinical departments above also maintain close ties with related hospitals both in and outside the prefecture (29 hospitals for Neurosurgery and 26 hospitals for Neurology), and play central roles in medical practice taken place in those related hospitals.
The Department of Pathology carries out pathological examination of over 400 surgical cases and 40 to 50 autopsy cases a year at the request of the two clinical departments as well as other institutes across Japan.