University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany


Congenital defects of the middle ear- diagnosis (program ID: 255117)


Heinrich Iro

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c.

Heinrich Iro

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Specialized in: otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

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The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen belongs to the largest ENT departments in Germany with its 80 approved beds, 6 operating rooms, an Intensive Care Unit with 5 beds and a university outpatient clinic with 9 wards. The Department offers patients the entire spectrum of diagnostic, conservative, therapeutic and surgical treatments in the field of otolaryngology as well as head and neck surgery. The Department also includes an independent Section of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology with a professional speech therapy school. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Heinrich Iro. 

The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen offers patients the entire diagnostic, conservative, therapeutic and surgical spectrum of otolaryngology as well as head and neck surgery. The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Heinrich Iro is one of the few medical institutions in Germany that has been certified in accordance with the quality management system DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 (since 2011). Furthermore, it was certified by the Head and Neck Cancer Center (a certificate of the German Cancer Society). 

Ear microsurgery makes up an important focus of the Department. The Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Erlangen annually performs a total of 700 middle ear operations with a preceding comprehensive diagnosis. There are used microsurgical techniques that enable a very sparing surgery with the use of a microscope or a binocular microscope. These operations are mostly performed through the external auditory canal without inflicting any cosmetic sequelae. 

The main focuses of the Department of Otolaryngology include not only head and neck surgery, but also thyroid surgery. The patients with thyroid diseases are offered a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the comprehensive treatment. There are also treated suspicious thyroid nodules that can cause complaints. Moreover, the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Heinrich Iro specializes in the surgical removal of thyroid and parathyroid, as well as malignant lymph nodes in neck area.

In general, the main clinical and surgical focuses of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen are

  • Skull base surgery 
  • Computer-assisted surgery 
  • Implantation of hearing aids
  • Middle ear surgery
  • Plastic / aesthetic surgery
  • Surgery of the paranasal sinuses
  • Tumor treatment
  • Salivary Gland Center
  • Thyroid surgery
  • ENT diseases in childhood
  • Somnology laboratory

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • indicators of inflammation (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • otorhinolaryngological examination:
    • Dix-Hallpike testing
    • nystagmus  testing:
      • spontaneous nystagmus
      • positional nystagmus
      • artificial nystagmus  testing
    • speech audiometry 
    • tympanometry 
    • eustachian tube testing
    • testing of blood pressure and buzzing
      for tinnitus examination
    • otoacoustic emission test
    • brainstem audiometry 
    • VEMP testing
      (Vestibular evoked Myogenic Potential)
    • video head impulse testing 
    • eye movement testing
    • CT of petrous pyramid
    • contrast-enhanced MR 
      imaging on labyrinth in 3D
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
  • written statement
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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
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