Movement Disorders Groningen Centre of Expertise
Movement Disorders UMCG is an important regional, national and European referral centre. Together with all healthcare providers involved, we aim to offer the best possible clinical and outpatient care for our patients.
As centre of expertise, we offer healthcare providers the possibility to refer their patients to one of our specialised outpatient clinics for diagnosis and treatment. These outpatient clinics are led by prominent neurologists who specialise in movement disorders. We see patients with hypo- and hyperkinetic movement disorders such as parkinsonism, dystonia, myoclonus, tremor, ataxia, hereditary spastic paraplegia, chorea, tics and functional movement disorders.
One of the main pillars of Movement Disorders Groningen is the use of multidisciplinary teams for the care of patients with a movement disorder. We have a specialised multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for children and young adults with movement disorders, which gets referrals from everywhere in the Netherlands. We have several teams for outpatient services, including one for functional movement disorders.
We are one of the few centres in the Netherlands to offer all advanced treatment possibilities for movement disorders. For instance, we have a botulinum toxin outpatient clinic for patients with dystonia. For patients with late-stage Parkinson’s disease, we offer subcutaneous apomorphine and intrajejunal levodopa treatments and DBS. DBS is also applied in cases of essential tremor and dystonia. We have two specialised DBS teams for dystonia, one for children and one for adults, and DBS teams for Parkinson’s disease and tremor. The UMCG is the only centre in the Netherlands with a special line of care for DBS for children with serious types of dystonia.
Our team members actively contribute to the multidisciplinary care pathway outside the hospital. For example, part of our healthcare services are housed in the Parkinson Expertise Centre Groningen (Point for Parkinson), and the activities of the national DystonieNet are actively guided from Groningen.