Phlebologie an deutschen Hautkliniken: Eine Bestandsaufnahme im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Phlebologie

Translated title of the contribution: Phlebology in German departments of dermatology: An analysis on behalf of the German Society of Phlebology

S. Reich-Schupke*, J. Alm, P. Altmeyer, D. Bachter, C. Bayerl, S. Beissert, T. Bieber, J. Böhmer, D. Dill, E. Dippel, P. Dücker, I. Effendy, S. El Gammal, P. Elsner, A. Enk, I. Feldmann-Böddeker, H. Frank, W. Gehring, U. Gieler, M. GoebelerT. Görge, H. Gollnick, S. Grabbe, G. Gross, W. Gudat, A. Happ, R. Herbst, B. Hermes, N. P. Hoff, S. M. John, M. Jungelhülsing, M. Jünger, M. Kaatz, A. Kapp, R. Kaufmann, J. Klode, K. Knaber, A. König, T. Krieg, P. Kohl, L. Kowalzick, P. Lehmann, H. Löffler, J. Maschke, W. Marsch, D. Mechtel, P. Mohr, I. Moll, M. Müller, D. Nashan, H. M. Ockenfels, R. U. Peter, H. Pillekamp, R. Rompel, T. Ruzicka, K. Salfeld, C. Sander, J. Schaller, K. Scharffetter-Kochanek, G. Schuler, H. J. Schulze, T. Schwarz, B. Splieth, H. Stege, W. Stolz, A. Strölin, H. Tran, M. Tronnier, J. Ulrich, T. Vogt, G. Wagner, J. Welzel, T. Willgeroth, U. Wollina, D. Zillikens, C. C. Zouboulis, T. Zuberbier, M. Zutt, M. Stücker

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Background: Phlebologic diseases have become extremely common and have major socio-economic impact. However, the percentage of dermatologists working in phlebology appears to be decreasing according to the data of the German Society of Phlebology (DGP). Methods: To investigate the reasons for this development, we - on behalf of the DGP - sent a questionnaire to 120 German Departments of Dermatology in autumn 2012. Results: In 76 returned questionnaires, the number of physicians with additional fellowship training in phlebology averaged 1.5; the average number of those who fulfill the criteria for training fellows in phlebology was 0.9. In 71.1 % of the departments there was a phlebologist. A special phlebologic outpatient clinic existed in 73.7 % of the departments. Sonography with Doppler (89.5 %) and duplex (86.8 %) was used as the most frequent diagnostic tool. For therapy, compression (94.7 %), sclerotherapy (liquid 78.9 %, foam 63.2 %, catheter 18.4 %), endoluminal thermic procedures (radio wave 28.9 %, laser 17.1 %) and surgery (especially crossectomy and stripping 67.1 %, phlebectomy of tributaries 75 %) were used. The average number of treatments was very heterogenous in the different departments. Conclusions: Phlebology definitely plays an important role in dermatology. Most departments fulfill the formal criteria for the license to conduct advanced training in phlebology. A wide spectrum of phlebological diagnostic and therapeutic procedures is available.

Translated title of the contributionPhlebology in German departments of dermatology: An analysis on behalf of the German Society of Phlebology
Original languageGerman
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)685-694
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2013


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