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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302489)

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
7.8/10 from 43 Votes
Specialized hospital
Helge Topka

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Helge Topka

Specialized in: neurology

The department of neurology, neurophysiology and neuropsychology at Academic Hospital Bogenhausen, numbering 81 beds, diagnoses and treats patients with acute and chronic diseases of the entire neurological spectrum using modern medical achievements. The department specializes in treatment of all diseases of the brain and brain supplying arteries, diseases of the spinal cord, as well as diseases of peripheral nerves and musculature. Every year more than 3,700 patients receive assistance in inpatient care. The Head of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Helge Topka.

The most important diseases treated by the Bogenhausen clinic include neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, inflammatory diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis and paroxysmal diseases (eg, epilepsy) and also stroke.

Head physician of the department, professor and doctor of medicine Helge Topka organized a specialized center for the treatment of patients with stroke (stroke unit) more than 10 years ago. Currently, about 1200 of these patients are treated annually out of a total of 4,500 patients from all Munich. In 2016, the center received a re-certification according to the standards of the German Society for Stroke Control.

The main directions of department of neurology at the Munich clinic Bogenhausen include:

  • Daytime neurological hospital
  • Daytime cognitive neurology center
  • Stroke unit (Center for treatment of patients with stroke)
  • Parkinson's disease, neurological movement disorders
  • Somnology
  • Immunological diseases
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Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • neurological examination:
    • somatosensory evoked potentials
    • reflexes
    • muscle strength
    • muscle tone
    • senses of touch and sight
    • coordination
    • balance
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • enzyme tests
    • inflammation indicators
    • BSG
    • creatine kinase (CK)
    • immunoelectrophoresis
    • vitamin B12, vitamin D
    • thyroid parameters
    • parathormone
    • genetic testing for bi-allelic deletion
      of exon 7 of the SMN1 gene
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • brain and neck CT/ MRI
  • muscle biopsy if indicated
  • X-ray of the chest
  • CSF puncture with nervous water examination
  • cerebrovascular doppler ultrasound
  • consultation of related specialists
  • symptomatic specific treatment (the cost of Nusinersen is not included)
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • control examinations
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance
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