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Hospital Gummersbach Oberberg

Gummersbach, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302591)


Franz Blaes

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Franz Blaes

Department of Neurology

Specialized in: neurology
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The Department of Neurology at the Hospital Gummersbach Oberberg provides both diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. 

Since 1 July 2010, the Department of Neurology has been headed by Prof. Dr. med. Franz Blaes. He leads 5 senior doctors, 12 assistants and a motivated team of medical staff and therapists. The department has 3 standard wards with 72 beds, a certified Stroke Unit with 10 beds and 4 beds in the multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit. 

The Department of Neurology treats the following diseases: 

  • Strokes
  • Tumors of the brain and spinal cord 
  • Acute inflammations of the nervous system and meninx (e.g. meningitis)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsies
  • Polyneuropathies and other diseases of the peripheral nervous system
  • Parkinson’s disease and other extrapyramidal motor disorders (such as blepharospasm, torsion dystonia) 
  • Acute and chronic headaches
  • Other chronic pains (such as backache, neuralgia)
  • Weakness and atrophy of muscles
  • Mental disorders related to the changes in the brain 

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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