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Meoclinic Hospital Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
9.4/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Epileptology (696213)

Katharina Grohme

Dr. med.

Katharina Grohme

Specialized in: adult and pediatric neurology, epileptology

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Epileptology at Meoclinic Hospital Berlin

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Epileptology at the Meoclinic Hospital Berlin offers the full range of medical services in these fields. The team of the department's neurologists provides comprehensive diagnostics and effective conservative treatment of various neurological disorders. The department's specialists work hand in hand with neurosurgeons, who perform surgical interventions on the brain, spinal cord, and spine. Stroke is one of the most common and dangerous neurological pathologies, so doctors pay special attention to the treatment of patients with this disease. The department also uses a special preventive screening program to assess individual stroke risks. Many neurological disorders, including stroke, provoke the development of swallowing disorders, so the department conducts special hardware diagnostics of swallowing disorders to detect the causes of disorders and assess their severity. The department's team of physicians is convinced that successful treatment outcomes can only be achieved by using an individual approach to each clinical case, so the specialists accurately plan the treatment regimen. Doctors strictly adhere to current clinical protocols and follow the recommendations of professional societies. The department is headed by Dr. med. Katharina Grohme.

Stroke is one of the most common pathologies in neurology. This is an acute cerebral blood flow disorder, which leads to the development of a neurological deficit, partial or total paralysis, loss or impairment of speech and vision, impaired memory and cognitive abilities. The department's neurologists provide modern stroke treatment, the success of which is played by the timeliness of therapeutic measures. In most cases, the department uses lysis therapy for stroke treatment. However, the specialists are convinced that the best treatment is prevention of the disease. The department offers a special stroke prevention program, including the study of the patient's medical history, clinical examination, laboratory diagnostics and imaging tests: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography. The doctors of the medical facility recommend regularly undergoing examinations of this kind for people over 40 years old. In addition, doctors hold consultations on lifestyle modification, which involves diet correction, weight loss in case of being overweight, smoking and alcohol cessation, as well as regular physical activity.

The department's team of doctors often admits patients with Parkinson's disease. As a rule, the disease develops in people at the age of 60 and older. The diagnostic process begins with the study of anamnesis, clinical examination and neurophysiological tests. The doctor then performs a special L-DOPA test, CT and/or MRI scanning. The symptoms and course of Parkinson's disease are individual for each patient, so the treatment regimen is developed based on the particular clinical case. In most cases, the treatment is based on the use of drugs to stop the progression of the disease, as well as individually adapted physiotherapy and occupational therapy. In severe cases, neurosurgical intervention (deep brain stimulation) may be required to treat Parkinson's disease.

An important clinical focus of the department's specialists is on the treatment of epilepsy in adults and children. Pathology is a chronic neurological disorder caused by a malfunction of the brain due to excessive electrical activity of individual neurons. The disease is accompanied by intermittent seizures. The duration of epileptic seizures can be a few seconds or a few minutes. It is noteworthy that the team of the department's neurologists has unique experience in the treatment of epilepsy in children of various age groups, including infants. Epilepsy in infants is quite rare, but provokes serious developmental disorders. The treatment of epilepsy in infants is a complex clinical task, but the department's neurologists have the necessary professional skills to provide medical care to such patients. To treat epileptic seizures in adults and children, the department's specialists prescribe anticonvulsants. As a rule, monotherapy becomes an option of choice, but a combination of several drugs is also possible. An important role in the treatment success is played by the regularity of taking drugs. In addition, therapy is quite long and lasts for several years. Patients with epilepsy need to lead a healthy lifestyle, adhere to proper nutrition and stop drinking alcohol. If drug therapy is ineffective, doctors consider surgery or vagus nerve stimulation.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following neurlogical disorders:

  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Balance disorders and dizziness
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Pain syndromes of neurological origin
  • Other neurological disorders

The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic services includes:

  • Diagnostic options
    • Electromyography
    • Electroneuronography 
    • Electroencephalography
    • Recording of evoked potentials
    • Ultrasound scanning of extracranial and transcranial arteries
    • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis
    • Neuropsychological testing
    • Nerve conduction velocity test
    • Laboratory neurological tests
    • Imaging tests of the nervous system: computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging
  • Therapeutic options
    • Drug therapy with modern medicines
    • Multimodal pain management with the use of drugs, physiotherapy and psychotherapy
    • Injection therapy with botulinum toxin for migraine, dystonia and spasticity
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae of Dr. med. Katharina Grohme

Professional Career

  • 1995 - 2001 Preparation for board certification, Department of Neurology at the Erfurt Hospital and Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Dresden-Neustadt Hospital.
  • 2002 - 2010 Board certification in Neurology, Epilepsy Center Kleinwachau, Radeberg.
  • 2004 - 2010 Head of the Section for Intensive Video EEG Monitoring and Epilepsy Diagnostics, Epilepsy Center Kleinwachau, Radeberg.
  • 2010 - 2019 Senior Physician, Center of Excellence for Somnology and Epileptology, Barmelweid Hospital, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland.
  • 2013 - 2017 Physician in the Department of Somnology and Chronomedicine at the St. Hedwig Hospital Berlin.
  • 2017 - 2019 Physician, Department of Neurology, Department of General Neurology at the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin.
  • 2019 - 2021 Senior Physician, Department of Neurological Rehabilitation at the MEDIAN Rehabilitation Clinic Berlin Kladow.

Certificates and Additional Qualifications

  • "Electroencephalography" Certificate of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • "Epileptology Plus" Certificate of the German Society for Epileptology.
  • "Somnology" Certificate of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine.
  • Additional Qualification in Sleep Medicine from the Berlin Medical Association.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Meoclinic

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