In our Brain Stimulation Center (BSC), we offer innovative, invasive, and non-invasive diagnostic and treatment options for patients in coma and with disorders of consciousness. Non-invasive brain stimulation helps to increase the activity of the nerve cells in the brain by pharmacological, electrical, or magnetic stimulation. Another option is the treatment of dysphagia using pharyngeal stimulation.
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For which patients is the treatment in the BSC recommended?
The Brain Stimulation Center is specialized in the treatment of severe brain damage (Traumatic Brain Injury; Inflammatory CNS Disease; Intoxication; Hypoxia/Anoxia; Stroke).
It is especially recommended for patients in Coma, in Minimally Conscious State (MCS), and with Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome.
Which services are offered in the BSC?
The following services are offered in our Brain Stimulation Center:
- Thorough review of medical records.
- Tele-consultation prior to admission with a physician specialized in disorders of consciousness to decide if a treatment in our clinic is possible.
- If admission is not possible: exchange between the physicians including recommendations for further treatments and therapies.
- Assessment/diagnostics including structural and functional brain imaging (3 Tesla MRI, resting state fMRI, PET-CT), evoked potentials (SSEP, VEP, AEP, blink reflex), event-related potentials, EEG, detailed dysphagia diagnostics, neurocognitive diagnostics.
- Discussion of the treatment options and the expected prognosis.
What does the treatment in the BSC look like?
- Development of an individual treatment and therapy plan by the physicians specialized in the fields of coma and disorders of consciousness.
- Case-related collaboration with external specialists like the Coma Science Group (Prof. Laureys).
- Stimulation in form of pharmacological brain stimulation, non-pharmacological brain stimulation like transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), pharyngeal stimulation.
- Interdisciplinary treatment: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech/language therapy, swallowing therapy, physical therapy (massage, lymphatic drainage), neuropsychology.
- Intensive cognitive training.
- Regular talks about the current situation and further procedure.
- Monitoring of the progress using Coma Recovery Scale and EEG.