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Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302555)

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 92 Votes
Specialized hospital
Christian Gerloff

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Christian Gerloff

Specialized in: neurology

The Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf deals with the treatment of the entire spectrum of neurological diseases. the Department is highly competent in the treatment and study of vascular diseases, such as stroke. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Christian Gerloff, specialist in neurology. The certified Stroke Unit, the largest supraregional Stoke Unit in Hamburg, and involvement in the program “Hamburg against the stroke” ensure the best treatment for stroke patients.

Moreover, the Department of Neurology under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christian Gerloff provides the best possible treatment of multiple sclerosis. Another treatment focus is on movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. The specialized medical teams of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf take care of an optimal treatment for patients with the most severe diseases. 

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

The main clinical focuses of the Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf are:

  • Stroke treatment (the certified Stroke Unit), vasopathy, neurosonography 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammatory diseases of the nervous system
  • Movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, spasticity, deep brain stimulation, tremor, restless leg syndrome, tic, myoclonus, chorea, stereotypes, hemifacial spasm)
  • Muscular (myopathy) and neuromuscular diseases (e.g. myasthenia gravis); polyneuropathies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Neurorehabilitation; especially “forced-use therapy”
  • Neurological early rehabilitation
  • Neurological intensive medicine with neurotraumatology and neuromonitoring
  • Infectious diseases, including HIV related infections and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Dementias (e.g. vascular dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Genetically induced diseases
  • Analgesic treatment, neuropathic pains
  • Interventional neuroradiology (balloon dilatation/stenting, coil embolization) in cooperation with the Department of Neuroradiology (Prof. Dr. J. Fiehler)
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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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