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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis (program ID: 302597)

University Hospital Essen

location_on Essen, Germany
9.6/10 from 23 Votes
Specialized hospital
Ursula Felderhoff-Müser

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Ursula Felderhoff-Müser

Specialized in: pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric intensive care medicine, neuropediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics I / Perinatal Center at the Essen University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Ursula Felderhoff-Müser specializes in such disciplines as neonatology, pediatric intensive care medicine, pediatric neurology with the Social Pediatric Centre (SPZ). The Section of Neonatology at the Department of Pediatrics I deals with the treatment of sick newborns and premature babies at the age up to 28 days after an estimated delivery date.

The Department of Pediatrics I has 25 beds, 10 of them are in the Intensive Care Unit, which is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology. The Intensive Care Unit is part of the Level I Perinatal Center within the Mother and Child Centre at the Essen University Hospital. There are annually treated about 2,350 inpatients and 3,000 outpatients. 

The focuses of the Department of Pediatrics I under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Ursula Felderhoff-Müser are:

Neonatology 

The range of therapeutic services of the Section of Neonatology includes all neonatal diseases, such as congenital and acquired infections and metabolic disorders. Another focus is on the following: Level I Perinatal Center, Specialized Center for very premature infants (birth weight<1000 g), children with congenital pathologies, as well as neonatal neurology. 

Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is focused on
the treatment of very premature babies, acute and chronic lung diseases, congenital genetic diseases and congenital development defects, in particular, of the brain, heart and other organ systems. 

Neuropediatrics 

The Section of Neuropediatrics at the Essen University Hospital specializes in diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of children with neuromuscular, neurodegenerative and neurometabolic diseases, epilepsy, malformations of the central nervous system, pediatric headaches and infections of the central nervous system, as well as in the neurological development of very small premature babies. 

The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Ursula Felderhoff-Müser together with the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is part of the Mother and Child Center at the Essen University Hospital. There is maintained tight cooperation with other disciplines of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and with the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Essen University Hospital. 

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Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • neurological examination:
    • reflexes
    • muscle strength
    • muscle tone
    • senses of touch and sight
    • coordination
    • balance
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical blood test (creatine kinase)
    • inflammation markers (CRP, ESR)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • hormone test (TSH, parathormone)
    • vitamin test (B12, D)
    • genetic testing (SMN1, SMN2)
  • electroencephalography (EEG)
  • cerebrovascular doppler ultrasound
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • CT/ MRI of head and neck (if indicated clinically,
    additional cost is 650/1200€)
  • muscle biopsy with histological study
    (if indicated clinically, additional cost is 2500€)
  • nursing services
  • treatment by head doctor and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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