Diagnosis - Gastroenterology

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that arises following damage to nerves caused by diabetes mellitus, particularly when the diabetes has been poorly controlled over a longer period of time. The high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes mellitus can damage the small blood vessels that supply blood to nerves throughout the body, which in turn damages the nerves.  There are numerous symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, depending on which areas of the body are affected. Common symptoms may include pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities, problems in the digestive or urinary systems or weakness in various muscles.  Complications affecting the heart and circulatory system may also arise. Depending on what areas of the body are affected, diabetic neuropathy has mild symptoms, be very painful or debilitating or in some cases lead to life-threatening complications. Therapy for diabetic neuropathy involves improving the management of diabetes and treating the symptoms. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Esophageal varices

Esophageal varices are enlarged veins in the lower esophagus, the tube that connects the throat with the stomach. Esophageal varices can develop as a consequence of serious liver diseases, such as cirrhosis.  In such cases the blood vessels that should flow to the liver become blocked, thereby forcing the blood back up into the smaller blood vessels of the esophagus. This causes the blood vessels to swell and in some cases of esophageal varices these vessels rupture, causing a life-threatening condition. Esophageal varices can be treated in numerous ways.

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is an inflammation in the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat with the stomach. Symptoms of esophagitis are often pain and difficulty when swallowing and pain in the chest. There are numerous causes of esophagitis including infection, medications, allergies and reflux of stomach acids into the esophagus. Treatment of esophagitis depends on both its degree of severity and its underlying cause.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence refers to the inability of controlling one’s bowel movements. This loss of control may be partial or complete. Causes of fecal incontinence may commonly include constipation, diarrhea or damage/injury to nerves or muscles. Damage to nerves and muscles may be incurred in women during childbirth. Fecal incontinence may also arise in people of advanced age whose sphincter muscles have become weaker. Although fecal incontinence can be embarrassing to discuss, there are many treatments available that can improve and sometimes correct this disorder.