Diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the bile duct with bile duct obstructionby ERCP and bougienage (program ID: 233689)

University Hospital Ulm

location_on Ulm, Germany
8.7/10 from 83 Votes
Specialized hospital
Thomas Seufferlein

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas Seufferlein

Specialized in: gastroenterology, hepatology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Ulm is ranked among the top medical institutions in Germany specializing in bowel cancer treatment!

The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. It provides high-quality medical care with the use of innovative medical advances. Also, key role is given to a human attitude and understanding of the individual needs of each patient. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Seufferlein.

The department is a part of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Ulm (CCCU), therefore, its priorities include the treatment of malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The doctors of the department are proud of their achievements and numerous certificates in this field, for example, certificates of the German Cancer Society (in the field of bowel, liver, pancreatic cancer treatment), ISO 9001: 2008 SGS certificate, certificate of the German Cancer Society, etc.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Liver diseases
    • Liver lesion in fatty liver disease
    • Liver cirrhosis and its complications
    • Liver pathologies caused by alcohol and drug abuse
    • Autoimmune liver disease
    • Autoimmune hepatitis
    • Primary biliary cholangitis
    • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
    • Storage diseases affecting the liver (for example, hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease)
    • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
    • Viral hepatitis (acute and chronic viral infections A, B, C and D)
    • Liver diseases in pregnant women
    • Liver lesions in rheumatic diseases
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
    • Esophageal carcinoma
    • Stomach cancer
    • Bowel cancer
    • Rectal cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Malignant tumors of the biliary tract and gallbladder
    • Neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
  • Other diseases and pathological conditions

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases
    • Intraoperative portal vein pressure measurement (direct)
    • Transjugular liver biopsy
    • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting
    • Laparoscopy
  • Interventional endoscopy (for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes)
    • Gastroscopy
    • Colonoscopy
    • Balloon enteroscopy
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
    • Endosonography
    • Rectosigmoidoscopy
    • Rectoproscopy
    • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage
  • Diagnostics and treatment of cancers
    • Biopsy
    • Tumor markers
    • Surgical removal of tumors and metastases
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemoradiation therapy
    • Supportive therapeutic measures
    • Local ablation methods (for example, radiofrequency ablation or laser-induced thermotherapy in single distant metastases of bowel cancer)
    • Palliative endoscopic procedures
    • Liver cancer treatment
      • Liver transplantation (if indicated)
      • Percutaneous ethanol injection therapy
      • Radiofrequency ablation
      • Microwave ablation
      • Transarterial chemoembolization
      • Drug therapy (Sorafenib (Nexavar®))
    • Pain therapy
    • Radionuclide and peptide receptor targeted radiation therapy in  neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract
    • Subsequent care and counseling
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
    • Ultrasound examinations of the upper gastrointestinal tract 
    • Elastography
    • Ultrasound-guided punctures
    • Fusion sonography
    • Ultrasound diagnostics to identify alveococcus and echinococcus infection 
    • Bowel ultrasound 
    • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound examinations
  • Diagnostics and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of benign pancreatic diseases
    • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
    • Pancreas malformations
    • Pancreatic benign tumors
  • Laboratory tests (within the framework of the Gastroenterological Functional Laboratory)
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services
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Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers (AFP, CEA, СА-19-9, CA 72-4)
    • indicators of inflammation (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • abdominal ultrasound
  • gastroscopy with biopsy
  • CT/MRI abdomen
  • ERCP, stenting and bougienage
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • nutrition recommendations
  • full hospital accommodation
  • explanation of future recommendations


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