Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
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Department of Pediatric Nephrology and Urology (360778)

Markus Benz


Markus Benz

Specialized in: pediatric nephrology, urology

The Department of Pediatric Nephrology and Urology at the Pediatric Diagnostic Hospital M1 offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The department provides highly accurate diagnostics of congenital and acquired diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract, urogenital system and systemic diseases, which can have a negative impact on the kidneys. Both state-of-the-art equipment and rich experience of the department's specialists contribute to the early detection of pathologies and their timely treatment. The department is headed by Dr. Markus Benz. 

The most common malformations of the human body develop in the kidneys and urinary tract. Their presence may be indicated by urinary tract infection, impaired bladder emptying or bedwetting. However, incontinence in children can occur regardless of these factors.

Kidney filtering disorders are called glomerulopathy. Their symptoms include increased excretion of red blood cells (hematuria) or protein (proteinuria) via the urine. This nephrotic syndrome can lead to the accumulation of excess fluid in the tissues of the body (edema). In addition, these diseases may cause nephrotic syndrome or hereditary glomerulopathy (Alport syndrome).

Kidney filtering disorders are the cause of the development of such systemic diseases as Henoch–Schönlein purpura or systemic lupus erythematosus. The most common cause of acute kidney failure in childhood is hemolytic-uremic syndrome.

In the field of urology, specialists often have to deal with diseases, such as phimosis, testicular torsion, spermatic cord cyst, orchitis (inflammation of the testicle), varicocele, cryptorchidism, penis and urinary tract defects, urinary incontinence, bladder exstrophy, reflux, children's oncological diseases, etc.

The detection of urological diseases in children is a particularly difficult process, since in most infants such pathologies occur almost asymptomatically, and the consequences of untimely treated diseases manifest themselves at an older age and are quite complex.

The department offers the full range of diagnostic services for the detection of kidney and urinary tract diseases:

  • General medical examination
  • Medical history taking
  • Extended laboratory testing
  • Measurement of height, weight, blood pressure
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood test
  • Blood gas test
  • Ultrasound
  • Daily blood pressure monitoring 
  • Voiding cystourethrography
  • Urography
  • Cystoscopy
  • Urethroscopy
  • Nephroscopy
  • Pyeloscopy
  • Cystomanometry
  • And many other examinations

In the course of diagnostics, only proven effective methods that do not harm the health and development of the child are used. All invasive manipulations are carried out under short-term anesthesia, which helps to minimize stress and save the child from unpleasant sensations. Much attention is paid to prenatal and neonatal examinations.

After a comprehensive diagnostics, specialists develop an individual treatment plan. As a rule, most problems can be solved with the help of conservative methods, but in rare cases surgical treatment may be required as well.

In addition, the department conducts a special family training, which is one of the main components of therapy in children with nephrotic syndrome.

When taking care of patients after transplantation, the main task of the department's doctors is to implement proper immunosuppressive therapy, as well as to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ.

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