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University Hospital Jena

Jena, Germany


Spinal muscular atrophy diagnosis and conservative treatment (program ID: 302569)


Otto W. Witte

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Otto W. Witte

Department of Neurology

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

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Jena under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Otto Witte offers a wide range of advanced diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The specialists of the department provide treatment of epilepsy, memory disorders, headaches, multiple sclerosis, motor disorders, etc. In addition, the department is the certified Stroke Unit.

The department is proud of its team of more than 80 employees who have at their disposal the resources of the University Hospital Jena. Within the framework of numerous scientific working groups, there are explored various aspects of the nervous system and its disorders ranging from molecular neurobiology up to modern methods of brain imaging. 

The Department of Neurology offers treatment of the following neurological disorders:

  • Motor disorders, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor (shivering) and Huntington’s chorea
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory disorders
  • Headache: tension headache, migraine, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia 
  • Nervous disorders
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Muscular diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Inflammatory diseases: multiple sclerosis

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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