Key treatment areas

  • Thyroid disorders, especially Graves' disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Deficiency of bone metabolism (e.g. Osteoporosis)
  • Pituitary and adrenal gland disorders
  • Hormone induced infertility in men

Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology

The Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology works on diseases of the hormone producing glands. Within the field of endocrinology, the Department has specialized in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, of adrenal gland deficiencies, thyroid and pituitary diseases, hormone induced infertility in men and disorders of bone metabolism. The Department has a specialist outpatient clinic for the treatment of thyroid disorders. The main focus of the work is the diagnosis and treatment of Graves'' disease, an autoimmune illness of the thyroid gland. With this disease, parts of the body’s own immune defence system attack its own tissue, in this case, the thyroid gland. Other specialist outpatient clinics have been introduced for the treatment of pituitary, parathyroid and adrenal disorders.

The osteology specialist outpatients department is also integrated into the Department of Endocrinology. One focal point of the department is the study into the cause of osteoporosis and its treatment. Even if no specific cause of osteoporosis is found, highly effective treatment is still available nowadays. In many cases, the bone mass can be significantly improved within a certain period of time and the danger of brittle bones greatly reduced. It is particularly important that the treatment is fast working because the illness can progress very quickly after the first broken bone.

In the endocrinology specialist outpatient clinic a plan for futher diagnostics is produced according to the complaints and any results that have been brought along. In some cases, the endocrinologists can give a clear diagnosis from the case history and clinical examination. But in many cases, the diagnosis is only reached in stages through various urine and blood tests as well as endocrinological function tests and scanning techniques. The necessity of such supplementary diagnostic procedures is determined by the clinic. If necessary, examinations and treatment are also carried out as an inpatient in the wards of the Department.

Patient care

Deficiency of the hormone producing glands often damages many organ systems. Deficiency of the thyroid gland is particularly common. Symptoms such as change in weight, perspiring, nervousness, insomnia as well as extreme exhaustion and a racing heart could all be signs of thyroid disease.

Osteoporosis is also widespread worldwide. It is often accompanied by backache when in an advanced stage, and just as often with broken bones. If it is recognized in time, however, the risk can be significantly reduced. But people suffering from osteoporosis often have no complaints in the early stages, so early diagnosis should be a routine matter. If there is a specific combination of risks, for example regular occurence of osteoporosis in the family, taking cortisone preparations or an early menopause, the measurement of bone density can give an estimation of risk.

The adrenal gland is another hormone producing gland and is the classical stress organ of a person. Adenomas of the adrenal glands are amongst the most common tumours in people.

Deficiencies of the pituitary gland, hormone induced infertility in men and calcium metabolic deficiencies are also treated in the endocrinology department. Such calcium metabolism deficiencies are often discovered through routine blood tests. If these deficiencies are diagnosed correctly, they can usually be successfully treated by the endocrinologist.

The Department of Endocrinology has a high level of technology. It has access to a high resolution ultra sound machine and also carries out colour doppler examinations. A machine that measures bone density which uses the DXA – procedure is used for osteoporosis diagnostic. As there is a lot of experience with this method it is seen at the moment as an optimal way of measuring bone density, with very low radiation exposure. The interdisciplinary patient care is carried out in close consultation with the Department of Nuclear Medicine, the surgical clinic and the neurosurgical clinic.

Treatment of diabetes mellitus plays a major role in the work of the Department. Patients who have difficulties regulating diabetes, with insulin resistence and diabetic foot syndrome receive preferential treatment. Together with the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, which is lead by the same clinical director, Düsseldorf is the national centre of competence for diabetes, where patients from Düsseldorf, as well as the whole of Germany and all over Europe are treated.

Main focus of research

Using the most up to date molecular methods, the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology systematically researches the basis of cellular communication in the various endocrine stress systems. Through their work with the German Research Council and programmes funded by the European Union, the German Ministry of Research and a number of foundations, research groups at the Department perform specific scientific projects and clinical studies. Researchers of the Department have been particularly successful in the study of diabetes mellitus, thyroid autoimmunity, adrenal gland insufficiency, and in dendritic cell therapy of malignant endocrine tumours.

Clinic Management

Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Roden

Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Roden

Direktor Klinik für Endokrinologie und Diabetologie

Telefon: +49 (0) 211- 8 11 94 50
Telefon: +49 (0) 211- 33 82 201
Fax: +49 (0) 211- 33 82 691




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