Asklepios Childrens Hospital in Sankt Augustin
Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery (303072)
Specialized in: pediatric neurosurgery
The Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Asklepios Children’s Hospital in Sankt Augustin under the direction of PD Dr. Martina Messing-Jünger specializes in treatment of diseases of the brain and the spinal cord, as well as of the encasing structures and peripheral nerves. The specialists of the Department have a special expertise in the assessment and treatment of neurosurgical diseases in children and adolescents.
The Asklepios Children’s Hospital in Sankt Augustin specializes in the malformations, brain tumors, hydrocephalus as well as electrophysiology. Different types of malformations are often diagnosed in the pediatric neurosurgery. First, there are distinguished the following types: malformations of the skull, brain, spinal column and spinal cord. Besides, combinations of malformations are frequently diagnosed. Vascular malformations are discussed in the section for vascular neurosurgery.
Another focus of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, headed by PD Dr. Martina Messing-Jünger, are brain tumors. Apart from a few exceptions, in particular, in cases when there is diffuse growth in the so-called eloquent brain areas, it is common that an operative removal of tumor issues does significantly correlate with the survival time of the patient. The only exception are secreting germ cell tumors, which have good prospects of a cure also without an operative intervention.
Apart from a surgical intervention, various therapy methods are applied. These include radio-, chemotherapy as well as modern therapy approaches. The latter include treatments with antibodies against certain cells and growth factors, such as the formation of new blood vessels, which are responsible for the tumor’s spread and prevent the vaccination with specially cultivated defense cells, which should help to combat the tumor.
The Asklepios Children’s Hospital in Sankt Augustin treats the following diseases, pathologies and injuries of the central and peripheral nervous system:
- Spina bifida (incomplete closure of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord)
- Tumors of the CNS
- Cystic brain lesions
- Premature craniosynostosis (premature closure of the cranial sutures)
- Tethered cord syndrome (TCS)
- Craniocerebral injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Instabilities of the spinal column and craniocervical junction
- Sankt Augustin, Germany