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University Hospital Erlangen

location_on Erlangen, Germany
9.1/10 from 51 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology, Immunology (289961)

Georg Schett

Prof. Dr. med.

Georg Schett

Specialized in: adult and pediatric rheumatology, immunology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology, Immunology at the University Hospital Erlangen offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic, immunological and allergic diseases. The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of various diseases of bones, joints and autoimmune diseases, as well as allergies. The highest level of medical competence is underlined by the fact that the department is one of the few Centers of Excellence in Europe in its specialization. In addition, the department is also a certified Allergology Center. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Georg Schett.

The department is one of 18 European medical institutions that have been awarded the prestigious certificate of the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR). The department has advanced experience in the treatment of diseases of the immune system and musculoskeletal system, and also achieved outstanding results in the research in this focus. In the field of clinical infectiology, the department is certified in accordance with the standards of the German Society of Infectology (as the Center for Clinical Infectious Diseases).

The department has the specialized Center for Rare Immunological Diseases, within the framework of which both adults and children suffering from systemic autoimmune diseases, systemic vasculitis, autoimmune inflammatory diseases and immunodeficiencies get competent treatment. The patients receive care from a multidisciplinary team of doctors, consisting of specialists in the field of internal medicine, pediatrics and psychosocial staff. Counselling and treatment of patients is provided both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The diagnostic capabilities cover special laboratory tests, while the therapeutic spectrum includes all possible therapeutic techniques up to stem cell transplantation.

The department has unique competence in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Diagnostics
      • Clinical examination of joints in case of pain and swelling
      • Evaluation of inflammatory parameters and rheumatoid factor
      • Determination of autoantibodies against cyclic citrulline peptide
      • Imaging methods: radiography, sonography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Drug treatment using Methotrexate
      • Combined drug therapy (Glucocorticosteroids and Methotrexate) in the early stages of pathology
      • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (Bechterew's disease)
    • Diagnostics
      • Examination of a patient with back pain, other symptoms, concomitant diseases and hereditary predisposition
      • Assessment of erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein levels
      • HLA-B27 blood test
      • Imaging methods: radiography, sonography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Intake of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example, Ibuprofen and Diclofenac)
      • Glucocorticoids
      • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Diagnostics
      • Clinical examination of the skin and joints
      • Definitions of various autoantibodies and other immunological changes in the blood
      • Urinalysis
    • Therapy
      • Drug therapy, including biopharmaceuticals
  • Systemic scleroderma
    • Diagnostics
      • Study of anamnesis
      • Physical examination
      • Capillary microscopy
      • Special laboratory tests
    • Therapy
      • Organ-specific therapy
  • Dermatomyositis
    • Diagnostics
      • Clinical examination of skin lesions
      • Muscle activity measurement using electromyography
      • Determination of inflammatory markers
      • Determination of autoantibody levels
      • Imaging methods: radiography, sonography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Glucocorticoids
      • Immunoglobulins
      • Various immunosuppressants (for example, Methotrexate and Azathioprine)
  • Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
    • Diagnostics
      • Classical examination of joints for pain and swelling to assess disease dynamics
      • Diagnostics of functionally limited spine
      • Determination of the levels of rheumatoid factor and antibodies against cyclic citrulline peptide
      • Measurement of uric acid levels in the blood
      • Measurement of inflammatory markers
      • Imaging methods: radiography, sonography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging
    • Therapy
      • Systemic immunosuppressants, such as Methotrexate or Cyclosporin
      • Biopharmaceuticals, such as Rituximab, Abatacept or Tocilizumab
      • Physiotherapy using Apremilast
  • Gout
    • Diagnostics
      • Clinical examination of joints for pain and swelling
      • Measurement of inflammatory markers
      • Determination of uric acid levels in the blood
      • Imaging methods: radiography, sonography, dual-energy computed tomography
      • If necessary, synovial fluid puncture
    • Therapy
      • Anti-inflammatory drugs (including diclofenac, Indomethacin)
      • Glucocorticoids, such as Prednisolon
      • Colchicine
      • Physiotherapy (short-term immobilization of the affected joints)
  • Sjogren's syndrome
    • Diagnostics
      • Clinical examination to determine the dynamics of the disease using the criteria of the European classification
      • Measurement of antibody and rheumatoid factor levels
      • Measurement of inflammatory markers
      • Schirmer’s test
      • Study and evaluation of stimulated saliva secretion
      • Salivary and lacrimal gland biopsy
      • Differentiation with other salivary gland diseases and tumors, as well as lymphatic gland pathologies and viral infections
    • Therapy
      • Drug therapy adapted to specific clinical indications
  • Immunoglobulin G4-related diseases
    • Differential diagnostics
    • Drug therapy (Glucocorticoids)
  • Infectious arthritis (for example, Lyme disease)
  • Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica
  • ANCA-associated vasculitis
  • Allergies
  • Other diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Background

  • Study of Medicine at the University of Innsbruck, graduated in 1994.
  • 1994 - 1996 Postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Biomedical Aging Research of the Austrian Academy of Science in Innsbruck.
  • 1996 - 2001 Training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Department of Internal Medicine III, University Hospital Vienna.
  • Since 2001 Board certification in Internal Medicine.
  • 2002 - 2003 Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Vienna.
  • Since 2003 Board certification in Rheumatology and Immunology.
  • 2003 Habilitation in Internal Medicine.
  • 2004 Research Fellow in Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • 2005 - 2006 Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Vienna.
  • Since 2006 Professor of Internal Medicine and Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology, Immunology at the University Hospital Erlangen.

Projects and Other Activities

  • 2008 Initiated the IMMUNOBONE Priority Program funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany.
  • Since 2015 Head of the Collaborative Research Centre in Erlangen of the German Research Foundation.
  • Coordinator of the METARTHROS Project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Scientific Awards and Honors

  • 1996 Prize of the Austrian Society of Immunology and Allergology.
  • 1998 Anton von Eiselsberg Prize of the Van Swieten Society.
  • 1999 Paracelsus Prize of the Austrian Society of Internal Medicine.
  • 1999 Scientific Prize.
  • 2001 State Prize for Rheumatology of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
  • 2001 Aventis Prize.
  • 2002 START Prize of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
  • 2004 Billroth Prize.

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