Wiser about Department of pulmonary medicine

Sarcoidosis is a complex disease and both the diagnosis and the treatment can be difficult. Sarcoidosis is one of the main focuses of the AMC and patients are being treated in a multidisciplinary team. Patients can be referred by other specialists like the neurologists, the eye doctor, the internal medicine doctor, the dermatologist or the general practitioner for additional diagnostics or treatment advice. We are a tertiary referral center for sarcoidosis. Below you can find information about the procedures at the outpatient clinic but also during admission.

Department of pulmonary medicine

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Pulmonary medicine outpatient clinic

We see a lot of patients with sarcoidosis with lung involvement at the pulmonary medicine outpatient clinic in the AMC. During your outpatient clinic visit we will try to evaluate your complaints and to give you advice concerning diagnostics and treatment options. The AMC is an university hospital. Therefore, it can occur that you are initially seen by a medical intern ('coassistent') or a resident (specialist in training). By doing the anamnesis and physical examination themeselves they learn how to perform the profession. They are supervised by an experienced medical specialists, who will (if necessary) repeat part of the examinations and will discuss the next steps in the diagnostic process or treatment. Frequently this will be dr. R.E. Jonkers, who has a lot of experience with the diagnostic process and treatment of patients with sarcoidosis. You can find the pulmonary medicine outpatient clinic in the outpatient clinic building on level Q2. If necessary we can perform laboratory investigations. Blood will be withdrawn at the 'laboratorium bloedafname' on q0.

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Admission on the pulmonary medicine ward

It can occur that you need to be admitted in the AMC. This can be done to perform certain ancillary investigations, for example to obtain tissue to confirm the diagnosis. To obtain biopsy material the pulmonary medicine department performs a 'endobronchial ultra sound' (EBUS). Your doctor might suggest to perform this type of investigation during your visit of the outpatient clinic and he or she will inform you about this procedure. Sometimes an admission is necessary to treat you with certain types of medication via an intravenous drip. If this is necessary you will be admitted on the ward F5 'dagbehandeling'. During admissions you are either seen by Drs. Fritz or other neurology residents. It can also occur that a medical intern ('coassistent') sees you first to take your anamnesis and do a physical examination. Admissions are always supervised by a medical specialist. You will not always see the supervisor yourself during admission.

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Tertiary referral center sarcoidosis AMC

We are a tertiary referral center for patients with sarcoidosis. Healthcare for patients with sarcoidosis can be complex. Our opinion is that because the disease is relatively rare, care for these patients with severe manifestations of the disease should be performed preferably in a few specialised hospitals. We want to improve healthcare for these patients. Part of this is a specialist outpatient clinic for sarcoidosis patients with a multidisciplinary approach. Additionally we have started various scientific research projects, aimed at improving the diagnostic process and treatment of this disease. Below you can find more information concerning the research we are conducting, who we are and how you can refer patients to us.

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