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University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302561)


Stefan Schwab

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c.

Stefan Schwab

Department of Neurology

Specialized in: neurology
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The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the largest clinics in Germany. The Department annually treats over 3,500 inpatients and 15,000 outpatients. There is maintained a close collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery and the Section of Neuroradiology. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Stefan Schwab.  

A special Stroke Unit should be noted, since it is the largest one in Bavaria and one of the largest in Germany. Moreover, the Department has a highly effective neurological intensive care unit for the treatment of critically ill patients. Another prominent institution is the Epilepsy Center (EC). 

All these units are integrated into the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Erlangen and allow to provide a comprehensive medical care in accordance with the latest scientific achievements. The Department has special outpatient clinics for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunologic disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, dementia, neuromuscular diseases, neoplastic diseases of the nervous system (neuro-oncology) and neurovascular disorders. In 2008, there was formed a new Section of Molecular Neurology within the Department.

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

The spectrum of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Erlangen:

  • Acute inflammatory diseases of CNS
  • Movement disorders
  • Dystonia and botulinum toxin therapy
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache and other aches
  • Multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosonological Laboratory
  • Neurophysiology
  • Department of Emergency
  • Stroke Unit
  • Telemedicine
  • Vascular neurology

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
  • symptomatic treatment 
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance
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