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University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_on Halle, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Pulmonology and Allergology (586938)

Ralph Grabitz

Prof. Dr. med.

Ralph Grabitz

Specialized in: pediatric cardiology, pulmonology, allergology

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Pulmonology and Allergology at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired heart diseases, including congenital heart defects in adults, respiratory tract pathologies and allergic reactions in children of all age groups. The department's doctors have exceptional experience and the necessary theoretical knowledge to ensure the comprehensive and effective treatment of young patients. In addition, the department’s modern infrastructure and technical equipment contributes to the successful clinical practice. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Ralph Grabitz.

In the field of cardiology, the department provides the diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired, acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases in newborns, children and adolescents. The department's doctors work in close cooperation with specialists in the field of Internal Medicine, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Radiology, Genetics, Medical Biology, etc. The treatment and diagnostics are carried out both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The adults with congenital heart defects are treated in the Center of Competence, which is part of the department and specializes in this field.

The pediatric pulmonologists deal with the treatment of infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired, acute and chronic respiratory and pulmonary diseases. To make an accurate diagnosis, the doctors conduct high-precision examinations, such as spirometry, body plethysmography, rigid and flexible bronchoscopy, etc. Particular attention is paid to the timely diagnostics and treatment of cystic fibrosis. This disease is quite common. Although it is caused by a defect in a single gene, the symptoms usually manifest themselves in many different organs and organ systems. The disease affects the respiratory tract, lungs and digestive tract. Since cystic fibrosis is still not curable, all therapeutic efforts are aimed at improving the quality of life and life expectancy. The specialized Cystic Fibrosis Center, which is part of the department, currently serves about 50 children and 50 adults with this pathology.

Another important focus of the department's clinical activities is pediatric allergology. The department diagnoses and treats various allergies, such as allergic bronchial asthma, food, drug allergies, allergic rhinitis, etc. The specialists of this focus have in their arsenal many effective treatment regimens, which help to achieve the optimal treatment result.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Cardiology
    • Congenital and acquired heart diseases
    • Acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases
    • Congenital heart defects in adults
  • Pulmonology
    • Bronchial asthma
    • Chronic lung disease after preterm labor/bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
    • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
    • Congenital disorders of the respiratory tract (laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia)
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • Pulmonary tuberculosis
    • Interstitial lung diseases (exogenous allergic alveolitis)
    • Foreign body aspiration
      • Spirometry (from 4 years)
      • Body plethysmography (from 6 years)
      • Lung diffusion testing
      • Treadmill stress test
      • Sweat test
      • Tuberculin skin test
      • Tuberculosis blood test (IGRA)
      • Basic immunological diagnostics (manual blood test, lymphocyte typing, determination of immunoglobulin and IgG subclass levels, detection of antibodies in the vaccine, assessment of the component levels in the complement system)
      • Different inhalation methods
      • Rigid and flexible bronchoscopy (only on an inpatient basis)
  • Allergology
    • Allergic asthma
    • Allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis (hay fever)
    • Oral allergy syndrome
    • Atopic eczema (neurodermatitis)
    • Insect venom allergy
    • Drug allergies
    • Acute and chronic urticaria
      • Spirometry (from 4 years)
      • Body plethysmography (from 6 years)
      • Prick tests
      • Total IgE and specific IgE (blood sampling)
      • Provocative tests (only on an inpatient basis)
      • Hyposensitization (subcutaneous and sublingual)
      • Various inhalation techniques
  • Other medical services

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Halle (Saale) 

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