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Department of pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine (somnology)

Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Mellies
children pulmonology and sleep medicine (somnology), pediatric and adolescent medicine

About the department

The department of pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine (somnology) at M1 Private Clinic Munich is heavily equipped to provide the finest medical care to children of all ages with lung and sleep disorders. Thanks to its diagnostic possibilities and deeply experienced staff, the department offers university-clinic level medical services. There are two laboratories at hand to meet the specific diagnostic needs of the department: allergy laboratory and sleep laboratory, aside from other equipment. Prescribed treatment always follows the most recent evidence-based information, managed by the department professor. Generally, patients are seen on an outpatient basis, but the patient might need to stay overnight in some cases (sleep studies). 

Lung diseases, including rare congenital conditions, can be treated at the department, along with sleep disorders. A wide range of practical and visualization diagnostic methods is in use. Treatment options are usually conservative and include consulting on respiratory devices. The department also offers a "second opinion" consulting in controversial cases.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis of pulmonary and sleep disorders: 

  • Physical examination
  • Anamnesis (History of Present Illness)
  • Ultrasound (chest visualization)
  • X-ray (chest visualisation)
  • Ergometry (testing of muscle performance on a treadmill)
  • Spiroergometry (testing of heart and lung work using exercise machine)
  • Full-body plethysmography (measuring the change in volume of body parts)
  • Endoscopy of the upper part of the respiratory system (using a tube with a camera for visualization of trachea and main bronchi)
  • Bronchoscopy (similar to endoscopy, but reaches smaller bronchi)
  • Allergy laboratory 
  • Polysomnography or sleep study (recording of brain activity during sleep)
  • Actigraphy (physical activity recording using a portable device)

Treatment of pulmonary and sleep disorders: 

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Congenital pulmonary diseases (mucoviscidosis, ciliary dyskinesia)
  • Breathing impairments in newborns and infants
  • Secondary respiratory dysfunction (due to other conditions)
  • Difficulties in falling asleep, disruption of sleep architecture
  • Irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder, ISWRD (impairment of the circadian rhythm)
  • Behavioural sleep disorders (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, ADHD)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, OSA (snoring during sleep)
  • Central sleep apnea, CSA

Treatment options:

  • Conservative (medications)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP (medical device for the treatment of apnea) 
  • Regulation and controlling of invasive and non-invasive long-term mechanical ventilation
  • Managing patients with tracheostomy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1987 - 1989 study of human medicine, Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg i. Brsg.
  • 1989 - 1994 study of human medicine, University of Essen
  • 1995 PhD
  • November 2005 Habilitation in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • April 2006 Award of the Venia legendi for paediatrics and appointment as a private lecturer by the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • April 2015 Award of the title Extraordinary Professor by the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • 2003 Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  • 2004 Sleep Medicine (DGSM)
  • 2007 Pediatric Pneumology

Experience

  • 1984 - 1987 training as a state-approved nurse (Ev. Lutherkrankenhaus Essen GmbH)
  • 1994 - 1996 doctor in the internship of paediatrics, municipal clinics - Duisburg
  • 1996 - 1997 Assistant Doctor - Pediatric Practice Dr. A. Uebing, Prof. Dr. E. Schmidt, Erkrath
  • 1997 - 2001 Assistant Doctor - Internal Medicine / Pneumology
  • 2001 - 2004 Assistant Doctor - Pediatric Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Essen University Hospital (Prof. Dr. Th. Voit)
  • 2005 Senior Physician at the Center for Pediatrics
  • 2008 - 2017 Ltd. Doctor in the Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Sleep Medicine - Pediatric Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Essen University Hospital
  • from April 1st, 2017 medical consultant for pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine at the M1 private clinic for pediatric and adolescent medicine in Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine
  • Society for Pediatric Pneumology
  • German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine
  • European Cystic Fibrosis Society
  • European Respiratory Society
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