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Department of neurology

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Lempert
neurology

About the department

The department of neurology at Academic Hospital Schlosspark Charlottenburg in Berlin specialises in treating acute and chronic diseases of the nervous system and neuromuscular disorders. In addition, the qualified team of the department is proud of the certified National Stroke Unitwhich is a member of the Berlin Stroke Alliance, so doctors provide high-quality medical care for stroke patients. Furthermore, the head physician of the neurology department coordinates scientific groups and projects in his speciality and is the professional book's co-author. That means that qualified department specialists follow evidence-based guidelines in diagnosing and managing the diseases. The department closely cooperates with the neurosurgery and radiology departments. Furthermore, the department is equipped with modern neurophysiology examination methods. 

The department of neurology team is focused on the treatment of cerebrovascular, demyelinating, autoimmune, neuromuscular, vestibular diseases and movement disorders. Doctors provide effective conservative therapy and physiotherapy in acute stages and remissions; sometimes, operations are needed in individual cases.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic:

  • blood tests
  • antibodies revealing 
  • lumbar puncture
  • nerve conduction measurement
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • angiography of the brain vessels
  • CT scan
  • magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)
  • biopsy

National Stroke Unit:

  • stroke therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech therapy

Movement disorders treatment:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • tremor
  • myoclonus (twitches)
  • chorea (persistent restlessness)
  • dystonia (involuntary spasms)
  • gait disturbances

Neuromuscular diseases treatment:

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • spinal muscular atrophy

Demyelinating diseases treatment: 

  • multiple sclerosis
  • acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • leukoencephalopathies such as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
  • neuromyelitis optica, or Devic's disease

Dizziness & Vestibular disorders:

  • positional vertigo
  • migraine vertigo
  • vestibular neuritis
  • Meniere's disease
  • circulatory disorders 
  • psychosomatic dizziness
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Studied medicine at the FU Berlin and passed his state examination in 1985
  • Doctorate in 1987 on "Toxic plasma concentrations of phenytoin and phenobarbital in the treatment of epilepsy"
  • Habilitation in 1997 on "The linear vestibular-ocular reflex and diseases of the otolith system"

Experience

  • 1986 an assistant doctor at the Charlottenburg Clinic of the Free University 
  • Senior physician at the Virchow Clinic of the Charité
  • Set up an outpatient clinic and research group for dizziness and vestibular disorders at Großhadern-Clinic  in Munich (1987/88) and at the National Hospital for Neurology in London
  • Management of the neurological department of the Schlosspark-Klinik in 2003
  • Deputy medical director of the clinic since 2005
  • Since 2010 he has worked on the classification committee for vestibular disorders of the International Bárány Society and coordinated the international group of scientists on the definition of vestibular migraine

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Medicines Commission of the German Medical Association
  • A member of the specialist committee for transparency and independence in medicine
  • Initiator of the projects www.neurologyfirst.de (2012) and www.leitlinienwatch.de (2015)
  • Co-author of the book "Dizziness, a practical approach to diagnosis and management"
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