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Department of pediatric neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale
pediatric neurosurgery

About the department

The department of pediatric neurosurgery at the University Hospital Charite Berlin is one of the largest units in Germany, specialising in the neurosurgical treatment of children and adolescents. The interdisciplinary approach in therapy is reached with the help of cooperation with other hospital pediatric clinics and networks, such as the European reference network PaedCan, European reference network CRANIO, etc. On the department's basis, over 900 inpatients and more than 4000 outpatient cases are treated annually. In addition, the team of doctors leads clinical research in the field of neurosurgery and implements new findings in the daily surgical routine. Moreover, the head physician of the department is a member of German and international societies, such as the European Association for Neurosurgery (EANS) and the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN). 

The department's focus lies in the surgical treatment of brain tumours and central and peripheral nervous system diseases in children and adolescents. The other main focal point is surgery on the spinal cord. 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics:

  • X-ray examination
  • myelography
  • ventriculography
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • positron emission tomography (PET scan)

Hydrocephalus treatment:

  • Ventriculocisternostomy (endoscopic ventriculostomy)
  • aquaeductoplasty
  • computer-assisted endoscopy

Craniosynostosis treatment:

  • endoscopic decompression surgery
  • parieto-occipital reshaping
  • front-orbital reshaping

Spasticity treatment:

  • selective dorsal rhizotomy 
  • baclofen pump therapy

Spina bifida treatment:

  • reconstructive surgeries

Tumours of central nervous system treatment:

  • low-grade astrocytomas
  • medulloblastoma
  • ependymoma
  • craniopharyngioma
  • yolk sac tumour,
  • mixed germ cell tumours,
  • malignant teratomas and embryonic carcinomas
  • gangliogliomas 
  • hemangioblastomas
  • cavernomas
  • schwannomas (neurinomas)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1991 – 1998 Studies in human medicine (Tübingen, Vienna, Berlin)
  • 2001 Doctorate
  • 2007 Habilitation

Experience

  • Since 2005 Specialisation in paediatric neurosurgery
  • Since 2014 Head of paediatric neurosurgery

Awards, memberships, publications

  • The German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC)
  • The European Association for Neurosurgery (EANS)
  • The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) 
  • Founding member of the Association for Neuroaesthetics
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