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University Hospital Essen

Essen, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302600)


Christoph Kleinschnitz

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Christoph Kleinschnitz

Department of Neurology

Specialized in: neurology
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The Department of Neurology at the Essen University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Kleinschnitz deals with the treatment of all neurological diseases in accordance with the latest standards. In addition to emergency medical care for stroke patients, provided in cooperation with the Department of Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery, there are treated such vascular diseases as stenosis and aneurysm. Moreover, the Essen University Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches, dizziness, epilepsy, basal ganglia diseases and muscle diseases. 

The Essen University Hospital maintains tight cooperation with the Department of Neurosurgery to provide emergency medical care for stroke patients and recently established deep brain stimulation in case of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, as well as bilateral occipital nerve stimulation in patients with incurable cluster headaches. 

The Department of Neurology at the Essen University Hospital has 27 beds, a specialized Stroke Unit with 17 beds at the Intermediate Care Station, IMC). The Conservative Intensive Therapy Station with 22 beds equipped with lung motors is shared with the Department of Internal Medicine. Due to these opportunities, the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Kleinschnitz is also an interregional center for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. 

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Neurology at the Essen University Hospital ranks among the top German departments specializing in the treatment of multiple sclerosis!

The main treatment focuses of the Department of Neurology at the Essen University Hospital are: 

  • Ataxia
  • Movement disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Strokes 

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
  • symptomatic treatment 
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance
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