Department of Rheumatology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité
The Department of Rheumatology is a part of the Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology - Campus Benjamin Franklin (Director - Prof. Dr. med. Britta Siegmund) and is situated in Steglitz, south-western part of Berlin.
In our department, we care for out- and in-patients with all types of rheumatic diseases. Our special area of interest and knowledge are Spondylarthritides. Spondylarthritides are a special group of rheumatic diseases with similar clinical manifestations and common genetic features. Back pain and morning stiffness in back are the main clinical signs of this group of diseases. According to the actual classification, the group of axial Spondylarthritides includes ankylosing spondylitis (Morbus Bechterew) and so-called non-radiographic non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (i.e. without typical changes in sacroiliac joints detected by X-Ray), that is understood as the initial stage of ankylosing spondylitis (Morbus Bechterew).
It may take many years until the diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis could be established. Such a delay may have dramatic consequences for young patients (about 90% of patients are between 20 and 40 years of age at onset of the disease). For this reason we are providing special appointments for patients suspected with axial spondyloarthritis. Do you have chronic back pain? Check online if there is a probability of a rheumatic disease!
We are providing special visiting hours for out-patients with suspicion of Spondylarthritides (ankylosing spondylitis and associated diseases) and care for a significant number of patients within clinical and observational studies. In our interdisciplinary in-patient department we diagnose and treat all sorts of rheumatic diseases.
Contact us to make an appointment for an out-patient consultation or admission, or in case of other questions
Rheumatology team, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité