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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis (program ID: 302519)

University Hospital Giessen UKGM

location_on Giessen, Germany
9.5/10 from 35 Votes
Specialized hospital
Klaus-Peter Zimmer

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Klaus-Peter Zimmer

Specialized in: general pediatrics, neonatology

The Department of General Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University Hospital Giessen under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Klaus-Peter Zimmer is part of the Children’s Hospital Giessen and the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The Department offers a wide array of treatments. Its primary area of specialization is diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver (nutritional disorders), kidneys and urinary tract, vessels and skeleton, e.g. in rheumatism or growth disorders.

In the field of pediatric and adolescent medicine, the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Klaus-Peter Zimmer (in cooperation with other institutes of the university hospital) offers a comprehensive diagnosis and age-appropriate treatment for diseases of the digestive tract. 

The Department specializes in the treatment of the following gastrointestinal diseases:

  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Malabsorption disorders (celiac disease, carbohydrate malabsorption, food allergies)
  • Diseases of the upper digestive tract (gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia)
  • Diseases of the liver and gallbladder (Wilson's disease, hepatitis, pancreatitis)
  • Nutritional problems (growth disorders, short bowel syndrome)
  • Nutrition assistants and ecotrophologists help in providing nutrition counseling (in cooperation with the Institute of Nutritional Sciences)

The Unit of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergology and the Cystic Fibrosis Center of the Children’s Hospital at the University Hospital Giessen provides treatment of all lung diseases in children. In particular, these are children suffering from bronchial asthma, allergy, cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia. 

The priority focuses of the Department of General Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University Hospital Giessen are:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetology
  • Endocrinology (consultation on hormonal disorders)
  • Family psychosomatics
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • Neonatology
  • Pulmonology, allergology, cystic fibrosis
  • Rheumatology
  • Metabolic disorders
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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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