Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied

Neuwied, Germany

Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis (program ID: 302603)

Urban Himbert

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Urban Himbert

Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Specialized in: pediatrics
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Professional experience

  • 1980 -1986 medical education at the Ruprecht-Karls Heidelberg University
  • 1986 – 1990 internship in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Municipal Hospital Saarbrücken and Heidelberg University Hospital 
  • 1994 – 2001 senior physician at the Heidelberg University Hospital
  • Since 1st April 2001chief physician of the Marienhaus Klinikum


  • Neonatology
  • Special pediatric intensive care medicine
  • Pediatric pulmonology


  • Pediatric Society
  • Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine
  • Society of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Society of Pediatric Allergology
  • Cystic Fibrosis Society
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The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied treats children and adolescents from the smallest newborns up to the age of 18. The director of the Department is Dr. med. Urban Himbert, chief physician of pediatric and adolescent medicine. The Department is focused on specific needs of young patients. The physicians and nursing staff work in the multidisciplinary environment with child psychologists, specialists in child care and a teacher of the specialized section. An opportunity to accommodate a child with one of his parents also contributes to an optimal and family-oriented atmosphere.

The tight cooperation with surgical disciplines of the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied (general surgery, trauma surgery, maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics) ensures urgent medical care, when surgery is needed. 

The Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied has an efficient laboratory, ultrasound, ECG, EEG, the Laboratory for Functional Diagnosis of Lung Diseases and other advanced methods for diagnosis. Through close cooperation with the Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, CT and MRI can be made at any time.

The Intensive Care Unit (for premature) babies with 20 beds has 12 beds for intensive care of premature and newborn babies, 4 beds for monitoring and 4 beds for older children and adolescents. The Department under the direction of Dr. med. Urban Himbert uses all methods of modern intensive care. Medical care for premature and newborn babies is provided in tight collaboration with the regional maternity hospitals. 

The range of medical services of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with suspected epilepsy, arrested development, headache, disabilities
  • Diagnosis of growth disorders (delayed growth, abnormally rapid growth) and growth hormone therapy
  • Diagnosis, treatment, continuing care for children and adolescents with diabetes
  • Lung plethysmography with metacholine provocation in babies and small children with the height up to 100 cm 
  • Lung plethysmography with a load or metacholine provocation in school-age children and adolescents 
  • Video ECG monitoring
  • Development testing
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Heart echocardiography
  • Counseling on human genetics in cooperation with the University Hospital Bonn
  • Intellectual ability testing
  • Long-term ECG monitoring
  • Consultations on neurosurgery
  • Neurophysiological tests (nerve conductivity velocity AEP, evoked potentials SEP, VEP, NLG)
  • Open spirometry
  • pH measurement
  • Spirometry at rest
  • Specific, subcutaneous desensitization with an allergen extract
  • Ultrasonic diagnosis
  • Hydrogen breath test

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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