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University Hospital Halle (Saale)

Halle, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302557)


Stephan Zierz

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Stephan Zierz

Department of Neurology

Specialized in: neurology
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The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) deals with the treatment of all neurological diseases. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Zierz. 

The main focuses of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) include neuromuscular diseases along with the clinical diagnosis and electrophysiological studies as well as biopsy of muscles and nerves. The diagnosis of muscle pathologies, biochemistry and molecular genetic tests are carried out in the private Laboratory for the musculoskeletal system diagnosis. Therefore, physicians under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Zierz can ensure the high-quality treatment. 

Another priority focus of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Zierz is the emergency care of patients after stroke. It is provided in a special certified supraregional Stroke Unit as well as in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit. 

The range of medical services of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the field of neurovascular synapses and muscles
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular diseases
  • Neurological emergency and intensive care medicine
  • Special consultations
  • Stroke Unit (the certified center with 6 beds)

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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