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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

location_on Frankfurt am Main, Germany
10/10 from 97 Votes
Specialized hospital

Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302462)

Helmuth Steinmetz

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Helmuth Steinmetz

Specialized in: neurology
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  1. Steinmetz H, Volkmann J, Jäncke L, Freund HJ (1991) Anatomical left-right asymmetry of language-related temporal cortex is different in left- and right-handers. Ann Neurol 29: 315-319.
  2. Schlaug G, Jäncke L, Huang Y, Steinmetz H (1995) In vivo evidence of structural brain asymmetry in musicians. Science 267: 699-701.
  3. Siebler M, Nachtmann A, Sitzer M, Rose G, Kleinschmidt A, Rademacher J, Steinmetz H (1995) Cerebral microembolism and the risk of ischemia in asymptomatic high-grade internal carotid artery stenosis. Stroke 26: 2184-2186.
  4. Lohmann G, von Cramon DY, Steinmetz H (1999). Sulcal variability of twins. Cereb Cortex 9: 754-63.
  5. Lüders E, Narr KL, Thompson PM, Woods RP, Rex DE, Jäncke L, Steinmetz H, Toga AW (2004) Gender differences in cortical complexity. Nat Neurosci 7: 799-800.
  6. Foerch C, Misselwitz B, Sitzer M, Berger K, Steinmetz H, Neumann-Haefelin T (2005) Difference in recognition of right and left hemispheric stroke. Lancet 366: 392-393.
  7. Singer OC, Humpich MC, Laufs H, Lanfermann H, Steinmetz H, Neumann-Haefelin T (2006) Conjugate eye deviation in acute stroke: incidence, hemispheric asymmetry, and lesion pattern. Stroke 37: 2726-2732.
  8. Neumann-Haefelin T, Steinmetz H (2007) Time is brain: is MRI the clock? Curr Opin Neurol 20: 410-416.
  9. Jung CS, Foerch C, Schänzer, Heck A, Plate KH, Seifert V, Steinmetz H, Raabe A, Sitzer M (2007) Serum GFAP is a diagnostic marker for glioblastoma multiforme. Brain 130: 3336-3341.
  10. Wahl M, Lauterbach-Soon B, Hattingen E, Jung P, Singer O, Volz S, Klein JC, Steinmetz H, Ziemann U (2007) Human motor corpus callosum: topography, somatotopy, and link between microstructure and function. J Neurosci 27: 12132-12138.

Department of Neurology

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

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Center. The department has comprehensive capabilities for the treatment of neurologic diseases on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. The interdisciplinary range of clinical services is complemented by special treatment methods. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Helmuth Steinmetz. 

The key focuses of the department include:

  • Diagnosis (electrophysiological, ultrasound, CSF diagnosis)
  • Epilepsy Center Rhein-Main
  • Center for Cerebral Vessels
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Motor disorders
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Therapy for speech and swallowing disorders

The Epilepsy Center Rhein-Main offers patients the comprehensive care on all issues concerning epilepsy. Thanks to close cooperation among the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, including the Units of Neuropediatrics and Obstetrics, Institute of Neuroradiology and many other diagnostic and therapeutic institutions of the university hospital, there is provided highly specialized, high-class and interdisciplinary medical care. In addition, the center runs active research activities, which contributes to a continuous improvement of the quality of patient care.

The areas of specialization of the Department of Neurology include:

  • Stroke
  • Stroke prevention
  • Intracranial aneurysms
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
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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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