Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Steele

location_on Essen, Germany
7.3/10 from 40 Votes

Department of Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Cardiology and Internal Medicine (153)

Peter Caspar Schulte

Dr. med.

Peter Caspar Schulte

Specialized in: pulmonology, gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology, cardiology, internal medicine

About the department

The Department of Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Cardiology and Internal Medicine at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Steele provides the full range of services in the areas of its specialization. The department's team of doctors carries out comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and respiratory system, including malignant ones. In the field of cardiology, doctors conduct all modern diagnostic tests, including cardiac catheterization, to assess the state of the cardiovascular system. The treatment of heart pathologies is based on pharmacotherapy. The area of ​​responsibility of the department's specialists also includes the treatment of secondary forms of arterial hypertension, type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus, and diabetic foot syndrome. The department has a specialized Weaning Center, which is certified in accordance with the standards of the German Society for Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP). The highly professional team of doctors takes care of the health of patients, for whom the individual needs and wishes of the patient always come first. The department is headed by Dr. med. Peter Caspar Schulte.

The department is quite often visited by patients suffering from benign gastrointestinal diseases. It provides comprehensive diagnostics and effective conservative treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis and stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), pancreatitis, hepatitis, diseases of the gallbladder, bile ducts and other pathologies. A comprehensive examination plays a decisive role in making an accurate diagnosis and developing optimal treatment tactics, therefore, the department has modern diagnostic rooms equipped with the most advanced devices for classical and duplex sonography, endosonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and endoscopic diagnostic procedures. With the results of the preliminary examination obtained, the doctors begin treatment. The department's specialists provide pharmacotherapy and perform endoscopic procedures (for example, removal of colon polyps, elimination of stenoses, intragastric bleeding control). If the patient requires a surgical intervention, abdominal surgeons are involved in the therapeutic process.

Of particular interest is the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers: stomach, colorectal, pancreatic, liver cancers. Should cancer be confirmed, a treatment regimen is developed in interdisciplinary collaboration with oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists and other doctors of related specialties. The department's gastroenterologists perform adjuvant and palliative chemotherapy with the use of chemotherapy agents such as 5-fluorouracil, oxaliplatin, irinotecan, gemcitabine, etoposide, docetaxel, cetuximab, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and others.

An important place in the department's clinical practice is given to the diagnostics and treatment of lung, bronchial, pleural and mediastinal diseases. Diagnostic capabilities in this area include bronchoscopic examinations, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), pulmonary function testing, and bronchoscopy. These diagnostic tests allow the doctors to accurately assess the state of the thoracic organs, make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the most effective treatment. Whenever possible, preference is given to pharmacotherapy, but with absolute clinical indications, endoscopic therapeutic procedures are performed. These include bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, stent implantation for obstructions and stenoses, argon plasma coagulation, removal of foreign bodies from the respiratory tract, etc. A chemotherapy regimen for the treatment of lung cancer is developed in collaboration with oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation therapists and other specialists.

The team of the department's cardiologists deals with the diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. A classical examination includes echocardiography, including pharmacologic stress echocardiography, 24-hour electrocardiography, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, ergometry and other methods. Coronary angiography, right and/or left heart catheterization are performed with the appropriate clinical indications. In most cases, the treatment of cardiac pathologies involves the use of the latest generation medications. The department also provides cardiac pacing to normalize the heart rate.

In the field of internal medicine, the department admits patients with secondary forms of arterial hypertension, type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetic foot syndrome and chronic pain syndromes. The patients are prescribed the necessary complex of diagnostic tests, based on the results of which further treatment tactics are planned.

The department's main clinical focuses include:

  • Gastroenterology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of benign gastrointestinal diseases
      • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
      • Gastritis
      • Stomach ulcer
      • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
      • Pancreatitis
  • Hepatology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases
      • Cirrhosis 
      • Viral hepatitis
  • Oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant gastrointestinal diseases: stomach, colorectal and pancreatic cancers
    • Diagnostics and treatment of liver cancer
    • Diagnostics and treatment of lung cancer
  • Pulmonology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of benign lung, bronchial, pleural and mediastinal diseases
  • Cardiology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of heart disease, including arrhythmias
  • Internal medicine
    • Diagnostics and treatment of secondary forms of arterial hypertension
    • Diagnostics and treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
    • Diagnostics and treatment of diabetic foot syndrome
  • Other medical services

The department's therapeutic options include:

  • Pharmacotherapy for gastroenterological, hepatological, pulmonological, oncological, and cardiac diseases
  • Endoscopic procedures for gastrointestinal diseases
    • Bouginage
    • Endoscopic removal of benign gastrointestinal neoplasms
    • Stent implantation
    • Intragastric bleeding control
  • Endoscopic and interventional procedures for respiratory diseases
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Thoracoscopy
    • Talc pleurodesis
    • Bronchoalveolar lavage
    • Argon plasma coagulation
    • Cryotherapy
    • Stent implantation
    • Endoscopic lung volume reduction
    • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Cardiac pacing for the normalization of the abnormal heart rhythm 
  • Other treatment methods

Photo of the doctor: (c) Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus

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