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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302478)

University Hospital Bonn

location_on Bonn, Germany
9.2/10 from 150 Votes
Specialized hospital
Rainer Ganschow

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Rainer Ganschow

Specialized in: general pediatrics

The Department of General Pediatrics at the University Hospital Bonn deals with the treatment of parents, children and adolescents of all ages starting from newborns and up to young adults. The Department has four units for this purpose. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Ganschow, pediatrician specializing in hepatology, gastroenterology, immunology, transplant and sports medicine. 

The team of doctors, medical staff, psychologists and other employees under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Ganschow makes every effort to make Your child’s hospital stay in the Department as short and nice as possible. The University Hospital Bonn gives an opportunity for parents to be with their child during his hospital stay. Apart from wards for patients, the University Hospital Bonn has additional wards for mothers and parents. 

In addition to the inpatient medical care of children at the University Hospital Bonn, there work specially trained doctors, who provide consultations to patients with the most diverse diseases. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department of General Pediatrics under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Ganschow are:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Diseases of the respiratory tracts and gastrointestinal tract
  • Acute and chronic diseases of the nervous system
  • Disorders of growth and endocrine system
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Diseases of kidneys and urinary tracts
  • Immunological and allergological diseases
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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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