Mainz University Medical Centre
Mainz University Medical Centre ©Universitätsmedizin Johannes Gutenberg-Universität

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Mainz University Medical Centre

Specific field: Internal medicine

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Peter Galle

International Office:
Langenbeckstraße 1
55131 Mainz
Marga Rompf (Manager Internat. Office)
Tel. + 49 (0) 61 31 17 - 39 39

www.unimedizin-mainz.de

Professor Peter R. Galle

Director of the Department of Internal Medicine, Mainz University Medical Centre


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Expert medical care at hospitals and rehabilitation clinics

Professor Peter R. Galle: A journey into the body – recent developments in endoscopy

There have been remarkable technological advances in gastrointestinal endoscopy over recent years. Highly flexible, miniaturised endoscopes can now be gently manoeuvred around the stomach and intestines without causing pain, giving doctors a better idea of what is going on inside the body. This makes both diagnosis and treatment easier, safer and more efficient to carry out.

Until the late 18th century, it was not possible to inspect the gastrointestinal tract through the body’s natural openings. The development of the light guide by Philipp Bozzini (born in Mainz in 1773) paved the way for the first endoscopic examinations. Today, the Mainz University Medical Centre performs more than 12,000 endoscopic and sonographic examinations every year. Close cooperation with manufacturers of endoscopic devices enables new endoscopes to be developed and put into everyday use in the hospital within increasingly short periods of time.

Concept of university endoscopy

The aim of university endoscopy is to continually improve and enhance top-level patient care by applying new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. This principle has led to new clinical concepts in endoscopy, described here using the example of two illnesses.

Heartburn is a widespread condition that is becoming particularly common in the western world. Heartburn – gastric reflux – is increasingly entering the spotlight as a result of changes in eating habits and the growing prevalence of obesity. The constant reflux of stomach acid inflames the oesophagus, which can lead to changes in the mucous membrane of the oesophagus. In approximately 10 per cent of patients, this causes Barrett’s oesophagus, which results in a greatly increased risk of developing oesophageal cancer.

It is recommended that patients with Barrett’s oesophagus undergo regular gastroscopy examinations, in which several biopsies are performed on the affected section of the oesophagus in order to diagnose any malignant changes at an early stage. The procedure has been improved by the introduction of endomicroscopy. This is when a miniaturised laser microscope is integrated with the endoscope so that the oesophagus can be examined under the microscope during the endoscopic examination. This makes the early detection of cancer considerably more effective and only a few samples have to be taken from the mucous membrane.

Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in humans and is widely feared. It can be prevented by an early colonoscopy (preventive care). Many people are scared of having a colonoscopy and are not aware that this examination can save their life. Modern colonoscopies do not cause any pain and are over very quickly.

We offer a very innovative procedure – a high-definition colonoscopy – that improves the diagnosis of precancerous stages of colon cancer, known as adenoma. The endoscopic image is also enhanced using an electronic filter or software, resulting in better recognition and characterisation of precancerous tissue. This procedure enables the precancerous tissue to be pinpointed and removed (polypectomy), thus preventing colon cancer from developing.

As an alternative for patients who are scared of undergoing a colonoscopy, we also offer capsule colonoscopy as a preventive measure. In this highly innovative procedure, the patient swallows a capsule containing a video camera on two sides that captures images of the mucous membrane of the colon. The capsule sends these images from the gastrointestinal tract to a data recorder that the patient carries around on a shoulder strap or belt throughout the day.

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Blutenfest des Rotes Moselweinbergpfirsich

ROZE LENTE IN COCHEM

We hebben éven moeten oefenen, maar na een tijdje rolde Rote Moselweinbergpfirsich vanzelf uit onze mond. Toch kan je in Cochem ook gewoon Rud Peesche zeggen, het plaatselijke dialect voor deze kleine perzik met haar robijnrode vruchtvlees die overal in de Moezelvallei groeit. Terwijl de wijngaarden er nog kaal bijliggen, zijn de roze bloemen van de Moezel-Wijnbergperzik al een fleurige voorbode van de lente. Goed nieuws voor de plaatselijke wijnboeren dus, maar ook voor al wie dol is op perziken, want dan wordt er in Cochem smakelijk gefeest.

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Saarbrucken

LANGS DE TAFELS VAN SAAR (LEKKER) LAND

Voor de ene is het een stukje Frankrijk in Duitsland, voor de andere is het een stukje Duitsland dat ook in Frankrijk niet zou misstaan. Wij houden het bij typisch Duits met een stevige Franse twist: Saarland. De kleinste Duitse deelstaat ging een paar keer over en weer tussen beide landen, was tweemaal op zichzelf en werd in 1957 definitief bij Duitsland ingelijfd. Het resultaat is een grensoverschrijdende kruisbestuiving van savoir-vivre en savoir-faire die zich vooral in de lokale gastronomie laat gelden. Wij trokken in Saarland letterlijk van de ene rijk gedekte tafel naar de andere, gingen er tafeltoeren en lieten ons galant overtuigen van het feit dat je van 'een schone tafel' wél kan eten.

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Crazy SB Waschsalon

Crazy SB Waschsalon

Quando estamos viajando, nada como ter uma lavanderia perto para as horas de aperto. Não tem como não notar essa lavanderia toda "modernosa". Crazy SB Waschsalon chama a atenção por suas centenas de meias penduradas. Uma decoração perfeita para o ambiente. Eu não cheguei a lavar nenhuma roupa na minha estádia em Dresden, mas se ficasse mais uns dias, teria voltado lá de certeza. Fica na Louisenstraße 6, aberto todos os dias das 06h - 23h.

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Travel Bookshop

Travel Bookshop - para os apaixonados por viagem

As coisas mais legais, sem dúvidas eu encontrei em Neustadt. É a região mais alternativa e legal de Dresden. Foi lá que eu vi uma das Lojas de Livros de Viagem mais legais. É aquela loja/livraria/papelaria que você vai querer comprar tudo. Passei uma boa hora lá dentro, folheando (porque ler em alemão, nem em sonho!) todos os guias, livros. Comprei uns postais lindos. Bobeei por não ter comprado uns mapas antigos, eram lindos.

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Schwebebahn

Schwebebahn

Para ter uma vista incrível de Dresden, vale muito a pena pegar o monorail em Loschwitz. Além de ver a cidade, você ainda terá uma vista privilegiada da Ponte Azul - Blaueswunder.

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Kunsthofpassage

1000 e 1 passagem

Em Neustadt tem a Kunsthofphpassage, que é uma passagem incrível. Ela tem vários prédios "temáticos". O azul por exemplo quando chove, a água nos canos vira música. Fora os prédios, ainda tem várias lojas bacanas e cafés charmosos para você aproveitar. #youngDresden #mustsees #shopping #cafés

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Obras incríveis

Albertinum: um museu de arte moderna de 125 anos, que foi reaberto em 2010, após uma reforma de 51 milhões de euros. A coleção de retratos começa com um dos pintores alemães mais românticos, Caspar David Friedrich, e termina com seu artista vivo mais famoso, Gerhard Richter, sendo que ambos passaram a infância em Dresden. Você vai encontrar desde a Bailarina de Degas, a Monet, Manet, Rodin, Van Gogh. A entrada Vista 10€

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Zwinger Palace

O Chateau de Versailles de Dresden

O Zwinger Palace é um dos melhores exemplos da arquitetura barroca tardia na Alemanha. Construído entre 1710 e 1728 pelo arquiteto Pöppelmann, o Palácio Zwinger foi usado para grandes festas e torneios. Hoje, o complexo barroco de pavilhões, galerias e pátios interiores é a casa de grandes museus e obras. A Madonna Sistina de Rafael você encontrará lá. O acervo de Porcelana tambem é belíssimo. O Arsenal também é muito interessante se você curte trajes e armas. Se você não quiser entrar em nenhum museu, vá pelo menos para andar pelos jardins e admirar o "Kronentor", que é o portão com a coroa.

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