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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

Department of Neurology (26142)

Helmuth Steinmetz

Prof. Dr. med.

Helmuth Steinmetz

Specialized in: neurology

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease!

The department offers the full service range for the diagnostics and conservative treatment of diseases of the nervous system. Patient care is provided both on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Of particular interest is the treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy, neuro-oncological pathologies, stroke and other diseases. The department employs highly qualified doctors who do not only guarantee the most effective treatment, but also surround the patient with care, demonstrate respectful attitude and appreciate the needs of each patient. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Helmuth Steinmetz.

The department includes the Section of Neuropsychology, which studies functions of the nervous system, such as attention, memory, critical thinking, emotional state and behavior. Thus, the specialists in this field complement the diagnostic picture by providing an analysis of all aspects of the patient's mental health. In the course of diagnostics, the doctors apply standard methods approved by the German Society of Neuropsychology.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of motor disorders
    • Comprehensive diagnostics of motor disorders of unknown origin
    • Comprehensive examinations to confirm the diagnosis (levodopa test, apomorphine test, imaging examinations, tremor analysis, cerebrospinal fluid puncture, genetic testing, etc.)
    • Comprehensive treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, dystonia and ataxia (in particular, drug therapy)
    • Interventional therapy for Parkinson's disease and dystonia (for example, deep brain stimulation, apomorphine pump, duodenal levodopa probes, botulinum toxin therapy)
    • Follow-up care and monitoring of treatment success
  • Diagnostics and treatment of multiple sclerosis (certification of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of sleep disorders
    • Insomnia
    • Daytime tiredness and somnolence (hypersomnia)
    • Narcolepsy
    • Sleep disorders (parasomnias) and tendency to nocturnal epilepsy (in collaboration with special epilepsy counselor)
    • Involuntary leg movements during sleep and restless legs syndrome
    • Sleep-related breathing disorders (for example, obstructive sleep apnea)
    • Additional diagnostics: monitoring of respiratory and movement disorders in sleep, EEG, provocative EEG, neuropsychological tests
    • Polysomnography and/or long-term EEG-video monitoring in the EEG-Video Monitoring Unit (within the certified Sleep Laboratory)
    • Optimization of therapy, the use of new drugs in clinical trials
    • Refusal to take sleeping drugs in long-term period
  • Diagnostics and treatment of neuromuscular diseases
    • Muscular dystrophies
    • Muscular diseases due to metabolic disorders (metabolic and endocrine myopathies)
    • Inflammatory muscle diseases (myositis)
    • Myasthenia
  • Diagnostics and treatment of cerebrovascular pathologies
  • Diagnostics and treatment of various types of dementia and cognitive disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation in:
    • Progressive Parkinson's disease with severe movement disorders
    • Severe focal or generalized dystonias
    • Severe tremor
  • Botulinum toxin therapy in:
    • Focal, segmental and generalized dystonia (especially blepharospasm, convulsions) and facial hemispasm
    • Local spasticity of the limbs
    • Local excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
    • Severe refractory dystonia
  • Diagnostics and treatment of epilepsy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of stroke
  • Diagnostics and treatment of oncopathologies of the nervous system 
  • Intensive care
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services

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