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Department of Endocrinology - St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany
Department id # 700064
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Dr. med. Felix Flohr
Department of Endocrinology
Specialized in: endocrinology

About the Department of Endocrinology at St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

The Department of Endocrinology at the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe provides the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in the field of its competence. Patients with diseases of the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and gonads receive medical care here. The department holds the status of a center specializing in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, which is confirmed by the certification from the German Diabetes Society (DDG). The specialists consult patients on all aspects of the disease and successfully perform insulin pump therapy. The doctors also have vast experience in the treatment of patients with bone mineral metabolism disorders (osteoporosis). The department has succeeded in ultrasound diagnostics: the rooms are equipped with advanced ultrasound systems adapted for classical sonography, contrast-enhanced ultrasound examinations, duplex sonography, ultrasound-guided puncture, etc. Patients are treated in specialized outpatient clinics. More than 5,000 patients with clinical cases of varying severity are admitted here annually. The department's endocrinologists cooperate closely with nuclear medicine specialists and surgeons. Doctors jointly consider complex cases of thyroid diseases. The department is headed by Dr. med. Felix Flohr.

The department has gained vast experience in the care of patients with thyroid diseases. The most common are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroiditis, goiter, follicular adenoma, and thyroid cancer. To confirm or exclude thyroid pathology, the patient should undergo comprehensive diagnostics, including clinical examination and palpation of the thyroid gland, thyroid ultrasound, and laboratory tests for thyroid hormones. If thyroid cancer is suspected, a biopsy will also be performed. During treatment, the department's specialists most often use individually developed drug therapy regimens. The patient receives drugs that normalize the level of thyroid hormones. In cases of thyroid cancer or follicular adenoma, it is most often impossible to do without a surgical intervention, which is performed by highly specialized surgeons.

An integral part of the department's clinical practice is the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The department is certified according to the requirements of the German Diabetes Society (DDG), which guarantees patients top-class medical care in this area. Diabetes mellitus is an incurable disease, so in order to compensate for it, patients need to adapt their lifestyles. This includes adhering to a diet recommended by the doctor in order to control blood sugar levels, give up bad habits (drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking), increase physical activity, etc. Patients undergoing treatment in the department can attend special courses where they will receive all the necessary information about the peculiarities of life with diabetes mellitus, self-monitoring of blood sugar levels, insulin therapy, etc.

In type 1 diabetes mellitus, the human immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, resulting in insufficient insulin levels in the blood. The main treatment methods for type 1 diabetes mellitus are diet (eliminating sweets, fatty foods, and some other products), abstaining from alcohol and nicotine, as well as insulin therapy. The department's endocrinologists prefer insulin pump therapy when insulin is automatically injected into the patient's body with the help of a special electronic device. Precise doses and individual settings help the patient maintain blood sugar levels within the target range.

In type 2 diabetes mellitus, the pancreas continues to produce insulin, but tissue sensitivity to it decreases, resulting in higher blood glucose levels. The first-line treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus is diet therapy with the appropriate balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. For patients with this type of diabetes mellitus, doctors often prescribe peroral medicine to lower blood sugar levels, and insulin therapy is rarely required.

The treatment regimen for each case of diabetes mellitus is developed individually. The specialists regularly adjust it, taking into account changes in blood sugar levels, the general well-being of the patient, and other characteristics.

The department's key clinical areas include:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of thyroid diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of parathyroid diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of adrenal diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of pituitary diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Diagnostics and treatment of osteoporosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of other endocrine diseases

Curriculum vitae

Dr. med. Felix Flohr holds the position of Head Physician in the Department of Endocrinology at the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe. From 2008 to 2016, the specialist worked as a Senior Physician in the Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology at the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe, as well as the Head of the Department of Ultrasound Diagnostics at the same hospital. From 2000 to 2008, Dr. med. Felix Flohr worked in the Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology at the University Hospital Freiburg. He held the position of Senior Physician and Deputy Head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at this medical facility.

Dr. med. Felix Flohr is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetology. He is also an instructor in ultrasound diagnostics for the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).

Photo of the doctor: (c) ViDia Kliniken Karlsruhe