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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
9.1/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Pulmonology (292201)

Dirk Koschel

Prof. Dr. med.

Dirk Koschel

Specialized in: pulmonology

About the department

The Department of Pulmonology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the lower respiratory tract (trachea and bronchi), lungs (pneumonia, obstructive respiratory diseases, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer), pulmonary hypertension, pleural diseases (pleurisy, pleural mesothelioma), sleep related breathing disorders (obstructive/central sleep apnea), and respiratory muscle weakness. The department also specializes in the treatment of rare lung diseases. Lung cancer therapy is based on an interdisciplinary approach and is carried out in collaboration with the specialists from the Comprehensive Cancer Center Dresden. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med Koschel.

The department positions itself as one of the largest medical institutions in Germany specializing in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.  The patients with this clinical picture receive here a comprehensive diagnostics, effective treatment and follow-up care.  In addition, the department’s doctors demonstrate excellent results in the treatment of patients with bronchial asthma and other allergic respiratory diseases.  To provide quality medical care for adult patients suffering from cystic fibrosis, the department closely cooperates with many specialized experts, in particular, with the specialists in the field of endocrinology, physiotherapy, gastroenterology, psychology, nutritional medicine, thoracic surgery, rheumatology, etc.

The department’s clinical focuses include:

  • Respiratory endoscopy with rigid and flexible bronchoscopy, which, depending on the indications, can also be performed in combination with bronchoalveolar lavage and direct lung biopsy (transbronchial biopsy)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided needle biopsy for intrathoracic lymph node puncture
  • Bronchoscopy with endoscopic intervention to reduce lung volume in patients with severe COPD and pulmonary emphysema
  • Right heart catheterization (in the specialized laboratory) with the evaluation of pulmonary blood flow in patients with pulmonary hypertension in order to determine hemodynamics at rest and during exercise
  • Pulmonary function testing by spirometry, total plethysmography, ergospirometry, measurement of respiratory muscle strength, analysis of blood gases and bronchial challenge test
  • Thoracic ultrasound for the evaluation of pleural diseases
  • Ultrasound-guided puncture in patients with pleural and lung tumors, pleural drainage
  • Interdisciplinary Sleep Laboratory with the possibility of polygraphy, polysomnography (on an outpatient and inpatient basis), clinical tests (for example, multiple sleep latency test (MTLS) or pupillographic test for insomnia), as well as various therapeutic procedures (for example, nocturnal non-invasive ventilation through a mask)
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Department of Pulmonology.
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