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Department of neuropediatrics with epilepsy centre

Dr. med. Axel Panzer
paediatrics, neuropediatrics

About the department

The department of neuropediatrics with epilepsy centre at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend specialises in diagnostic, differential diagnostic and treatment of neurological disorders of infants, children and young adults. The epilepsy centre of the department was certified by the Society for Epileptology. Therefore, the neuro paediatric department has the most appropriate diagnostic and treatment methods at its disposal. Furthermore, the department closely cooperates with the department of paediatrics and adolescent medicine. The other partners of the neuro paediatrics department are psychiatrists, radiologists, neuroradiologists, human genetics, etc. It is essential to note that the head physician of the department is an instructor and examiner of the German Society for Epileptology, which confirms the professionalism in epilepsy treatment. 

The focal points of the department lie in the differential diagnosis of seizures in children and young adults and epilepsy treatment. The treatment methods include pharmacotherapy, a special diet and surgery.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics:

  • electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • evoked potentials (acoustic, visual, somatosensory)
  • nerve conduction velocity measurement
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • brain MRI scan

Differential diagnosis of seizures and:

  • migraine 
  • vascular conditions (transient ischemic attacks) 
  • sleep disorders (cataplexy, narcolepsy)
  • paroxysmal dyskinesia

Epilepsy treatment

  • ketogenic diet
  • antiepileptic drugs
  • surgical removal of brain parts that are causing the seizures

Epilepsy in rare diseases treatment:

  • Angelman Syndrome
  • alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC)
  • benign familial neonatal seizures (BFNS)
  • developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs)
  • Fragile X syndrome (FXS)
  • Dravet syndrome
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Human medicine at Free University Berlin
  • Specialist training in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Children and Adolescents at the Free University, then in the Department of Neurophysiology (certified qualification in EEG, EP; trainer/examiner of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology)
  • Three years of training in neonatology and a doctorate on the subject of neonatal EEG and neurological development
  • Specialist in Pediatrics and Youth Medicine 1999

Experience

  • Examiner of the Berlin Medical Association
  • Since 2009 management of the epilepsy centre/neuropaediatrics at the DRK Kliniken Westend

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the Society for Sleep Research/ Sleep Medicine
  • Member of the Society for Neuropediatrics
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