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University Hospital Bonn

location_on Bonn, Germany
9.2/10 from 150 Votes

Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302474)

Thomas Klockgether

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas Klockgether

Specialized in: neurology

Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Bonn provides a comprehensive outpatient and inpatient medical care on the entire field of neurology. Focuses are neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumors, muscle disorders and multiple sclerosis. The head of the Department is Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klockgether. The Department of Neurology has a stroke unit, which is used for emergency treatment of stroke patients. 

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Bonn provides treatment to patients with the most frequent primary brain tumors, such as glioblastomas, astrocytomas or oligodendrogliomas as well as patients with rare tumors, such as medulloblastomas, ependymomas, primary lymphomas of the central nervous system or anaplastic meningiomas. Furthermore, the Department under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klockgether provides diagnosis, counseling and treatment to numerous patients with tumors of other organs and metastases in brain, spinal cord or brain tunic (meningeal carcinomatosis). 

Apart from the tumor-oriented therapy the specialists in the field of neurooncology deal with the attendant problems of brain cancers and their treatment (e.g., cognitive limitations, seizures, fatigue). They also provide all possible care at the cancer stages, which are not treatable. 

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

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
    • Chronic brain diseases (circulatory disorders or inflammatory processes), 
    • Alzheimer’s diseases, Parkinson;s disease
  • Brain tumors
    • Brain tumors (glioma, meningioma, lymphoma), tumors of the spinal cord, metastases of other malignant tumors
  • Muscle disorders
    • Muscle weakness or muscle atrophy and degeneration, muscle infection (myositis)
  • Multiple sclerosis
    • Chronic inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top German departments specializing in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease!

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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
  • consultation of related specialists
  • symptomatic specific treatment (the cost of Nusinersen is not included)
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • control examinations
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance
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