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University Hospital Essen

location_on Essen, Germany
9.3/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Infectology (292195)

Oliver Witzke

Prof. Dr. med.

Oliver Witzke

Specialized in: infectology

The Department of Infectology at the Essen University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Witzke deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. The specialized Section provides a multidisciplinary treatment of the entire spectrum of infectious diseases. The Department is especially focused on the immunocompromised patients with infections. The patients with HIV infection and those after organ transplantation accompanied by the immunosuppressive drug therapy are also in the focus of attention. 

The Department of Infectology under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Witzke is part of the West German Center for Infectious Diseases (WZI). The Essen University Hospital has a special structure of clinical and research experience combined with the treatment of infections in patients with immunodeficiency. The West German Center for Infectious Diseases combines all institutes and departments, which deal with the research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The patients of the Essen University Hospital benefit from the cooperation of all involved departments and institutes. There are regular interdisciplinary discussions of clinical cases with a detailed and versatile consideration of individual treatment programs. Furthermore, the Department develops general treatment guidelines, as well as initiates research projects together with other institutions. 

The Department of Infectology at the Essen University Hospital is certified by the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI). The Department of Infectology is also certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008. 

The main treatment focuses of the department include:

  • Hepatitis B and C
    • Laboratory diagnostics, including assessment of the liver function
    • Serological diagnostics, including detection of antibodies and viral DNA
    • Acute stage treatment
    • Supportive therapy with oral antiviral drugs
    • Symptomatic treatment
    • Prevention of liver cirrhosis
    • Prevention of liver cancer
  • HIV
    • Serological diagnostics with viral load assessment
    • Immunogram, CD4+ T-lymphocyte level assessment
    • Combined antiretroviral therapy
    • Prevention of opportunistic diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, etc.)
  • Counseling patients with weakened immunity after organ transplantation, including bone marrow transplantation
  • Prophylactic vaccination in adults
  • Routine vaccination in children
  • Other diseases and treatment methods

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