Hospital Harlaching Munich
Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology (113825)
Specialized in: nephrology, rheumatology
About the department
The Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology at the Hospital Harlaching Munich offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in the fields of its competence. The department's medical team specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic kidney diseases, arterial hypertension, as well as systemic rheumatic diseases. The department's doctors also specialize in the treatment of concomitant diseases of this profile – diabetes mellitus and occlusive peripheral arterial disease. The department is certified by the German Society of Nephrology as a specialized medical facility for the treatment of kidney diseases, and therefore it has all the modern therapeutic techniques for the effective treatment of nephrological diseases. The department has a progressive Dialysis Unit, which offers all types of renal replacement therapy for the patients with kidney failure. The department's doctors work in accordance with the current clinical protocols, so the patients are guaranteed high quality and safety of medical care. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Clemens Cohen.
The department enjoys an excellent reputation in the treatment of kidney diseases of any severity. Of particular interest is the treatment of acute and chronic kidney failure, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, kidney failure caused by diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension. In addition, the department cooperates with departments specializing in the treatment of rare kidney pathologies. Thus, the department's medical team has a unique experience in the treatment of rare kidney diseases. To assess the condition of the kidneys and their function, the department's doctors use various diagnostic tests: comprehensive laboratory diagnostics, classical ultrasound scanning and duplex scanning (also with contrast enhancement), ultrasound-guided biopsy, etc. In most cases, nephrologists manage to achieve a good result using drug treatment. However, if the patient is diagnosed with acute kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, then dialysis (renal replacement therapy) is the only effective treatment method. Dialysis is carried out in a specially equipped unit. The department's doctors cooperate closely with specialists in the field of surgery and interventional radiology, who perform the necessary therapeutic manipulations to form dialysis access. The key focus in clinical practice is on peritoneal dialysis.
It should be noted that the department's medical team specializes only in conservative treatment of kidney diseases. If the patient requires surgical treatment, the doctors from the Department of Urology are involved in the therapeutic process. They have in their arsenal many classic and sparing laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical techniques. In addition, the department's nephrologists jointly with gynecologists provide competent medical care to pregnant women with kidney diseases and arterial hypertension. The range of medical services in the field of nephrology is complemented by high quality patient care before and after kidney transplantation.
Since kidney disease is a common cause of high blood pressure, the department's doctors also provide both diagnostics and treatment of hypertension. The specialists prescribe modern drugs to the patient to normalize blood pressure and improve their well-being. In addition, the department's doctors successfully cope with resistant arterial hypertension.
In the field of rheumatology, the doctors offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of autoimmune diseases, which can provoke severe lesions of the kidneys and irreversible changes in their work without timely treatment. The therapeutic options in this field include drug therapy using biological agents, as well as extracorporeal procedures – immunoadsorption and plasmapheresis.
The department specializes in the treatment of the following diseases:
- Acute and chronic kidney failure
- Kidney failure caused by diabetes mellitus
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Rare kidney diseases
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Arterial hypertension, including resistant one
- Kidney disease and hypertension in pregnant women
- Systemic rheumatic diseases (autoimmune diseases)
- Other diseases
The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic services includes:
- Diagnostic tests
- Laboratory tests
- Classic ultrasound examinations, including contrast-enhanced ones
- Duplex scanning, including contrast-enhanced one
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy
- Therapeutic procedures
- Drug therapy
- Dialysis (renal replacement therapy) – special focus on peritoneal dialysis
- Care for patients before and after kidney transplantation
- Other diagnostic and therapeutic options
Prof. Dr. med. Clemens Cohen received his medical education at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. Doctoral degree was followed by research internships in the US and UK. The specialist then worked for 10 years at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During this time, Prof. Cohen completed his board certification in Internal Medicine and also became a specialist in Nephrology and Rheumatology. In 2007, the doctor joined the Department of Nephrology at the University Hospital Zurich, and also became a Group Leader at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Zurich. In 2012, Prof. Clemens Cohen became the Head of the Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology at the Hospital Harlaching Munich. For many years, the specialist has been heading the European Renal cDNA Bank, Biobank, and also leads a multicenter research on the pathomechanisms of acquired kidney diseases. The doctor is also a member of the EURenOmics consortium – a worldwide research consortium on rare kidney diseases.
Prof. Cohen's clinical interests include the treatment of kidney diseases, hypertension and autoimmune diseases. The specialist has vast experience in the treatment of glomerulonephritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis and diabetes mellitus.
Photo of the doctor: (c) München Klinik Harlaching
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