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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroenterology and hepatology deals with disorders and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, liver and bile ducts, as well as the pancreas. Furthermore, various aspects of nutrition and metabolism are the focus of interest. 

Internal medicine is an important basis of this diverse and broad field of work, which is closely linked to general (abdominal) surgery, laboratory medicine, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, virology, microbiology and numerous other disciplines. 

The cornerstones of diagnostics and therapy are gastrointestinal endoscopy, endosonography and endomicroscopy, percutaneous sonography and functional diagnostics. Other important areas of work are internal intensive care medicine with special consideration of gastroenterological and hepatological diseases, transplantation medicine (liver, intestines), nutritional medicine and nutritional advice (dietetics, enteral tube and parenteral nutrition), as well as psychosomatics and preventive medicine, especially with regard to early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. 

The outlined range of tasks is represented by the Division for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in three areas: in patient care, in research, and in pre- and postgraduate teaching. 

The aim of our patient-related efforts is to offer all patients entrusted to us as in-patients or out-patients a diagnostic clarification and assessment of the presented or spontaneously recognizable health problems in accordance with the current state of medical knowledge, to carry out suitable medical treatments according to the situation in-patient or in our own special out-patient departments or to have them carried out in the established area recommended. 

We strive to offer our patients examination and treatment methods at the highest international level in the sense of personalized medicine and precision medicine, as well as the best possible professional care and advice on health promotion and disease prevention. 

Univ.-Prof. Dr Michael Trauner
Head of the Division