Prof. Dr. Martin Staudt
Specialist Centre for Paediatric Neurology, Neurorehabilitation and Epileptology
The area of work of our hospital for neuropaediatrics, paediatric neurology and neurological rehabilitation includes inpatient and partially inpatient diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles – from infancy to a young adult age. Through our close cooperation with the hospitals for neuro-surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, spinal surgery and intensive care anaesthesia and with the radiology department (with CT, high-resolution MRI, fMRI, fibre tracking), we can provide optimal care for children with complex and severe clinical pictures.
The wide range of treatments and the high number of cases treated make the hospital the largest paediatric neurological centre in Germany. Our hospital is likely unique worldwide in its composition as “general neuropaediatrics” plus an “epilepsy centre for children and adolescents” plus “paediatric neurological rehabilitation”.
In general, children and adolescents with all diseases of the nervous system and the muscular system can be treated at our hospital.
In addition to the standard equipment, we have intensive monitoring and artificial respiration unit options available to care for children and adolescents. In addition to the immediate availability of diagnostic options, such as CT, MRI, bronchoscopy, endoscopic swallowing diagnostics, EEG, as well as sonography, among others, we attach particular importance to the close involvement of parents in treatment concepts and a psychological-pastoral accompaniment.
The focus is on the treatment of spasticity and dystonia, including treatment with botulinum toxin and Baclofen pumps, auxiliary care, the treatment of concentration and memory disorders, childhood aphasia and dysphagia, and physical therapies for (neuro)orthopaedic measures. One of the main tasks consists of the efforts to achieve an adequate reintegration into the family and society according to ICF criteria. IFC criteria are a classification created and published by the WHO (World Health Organisation) to describe the functional health state, the disability, the social impairment as well as the relevant environmental factors of people. These criteria aim to help people with disabilities participate in social life again - in other words: participation must be an essential goal of rehabilitation.
If a child has a neurological illness, this changes the life of the whole family. While the children require excellent medicine, the parents and siblings depend on practical and often also financial support.
Our hospital and the non-profit organisation Silberstreifen e.V. work together trustingly for the benefit of the patient's families. One common goal is focused on: Supporting neurologically ill children and their families as best as possible.