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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302596)

University Hospital Erlangen

location_on Erlangen, Germany
9.1/10 from 51 Votes
Specialized hospital
Wolfgang Rascher

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

Wolfgang Rascher

Specialized in: pediatric and adolescent medicine

The Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen deals with the treatment of children (including premature and newborn babies) and adolescents of all age groups. The Department has various sections and special outpatient clinics to provide an optimal treatment depending on a clinical picture and age. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Rascher. With the latest diagnostic and therapeutic methods at command, the experienced pediatricians work together with the highly qualified nursing staff, physiotherapists and teachers to take care of the health of young patients.

With the history of over 100 years, the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen is the Department of maximum care in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. The goal is to provide the most rapid and successful patient care. The University Hospital Erlangen has the best cutting-edge medical technology in its units, multidisciplinary centers and sections. Moreover, as an academic institution, the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Rascher is engaged into the development of new treatments to improve a successful medical care.

The main focuses of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen are:

  • Asthma
  • Allergology
  • Bladder dysfunction (incontinence)
  • Diabetes
  • EEG
  • Endocrinology
  • Developmental neurology
  • Ectodermal dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Premature babies
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genodermatoses
  • Hepatology / oncology
  • Hemostasiology
  • HIV
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Manifestation disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation Center
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Neuropediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Palliative medical care
  • Psychosomatics and psychotherapy
  • Pneumology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pain therapy
  • Interdisciplinary diagnosis of rare diseases in pediatrics
  • Rare and hereditary cancers
  • Sonography
  • Spina bifida
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Transplantation
  • Cerebral palsy 
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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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