Centre for Paediatric Medicine / Women´s Clinic

Paediatrics 3 – Centre for Congenital Heart Defects Stuttgart, Paediatric Intensive Care, Pulmology ans Allergology

This clinic provides services involving diagnostics, therapy and long-term follow-up care for patients with congenital heart disorders – from neonates to adults (in cooperation with the cardiology department at the Katharinenhospital) in the Centre for Congenital Heart Defects (certified supraregional EMAH Centre). In this context, the entire spectrum of interventional cardiology and operative care is offered in co-operation with the cardiac surgery clinic (Sana Herzchirurgie Stuttgart - SHS). Additional areas of emphasis are long-term care for patients with cardiac arrhythmias and for children who have undergone a heart transplantation – along with the entire spectrum of paediatric intensive care – on the maximum care level.

In the discipline of pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis, our specially educated pneumologists provide examination and treatment of pulmonary diseases. We offer specialists in allergology for diseases of allergenic origin. In the context of paediatric respiratory diseases (PRD) we have established a close interdisciplinary cooperation. We are a certified Cystic Fibrosis Centre for children and adolescents.

Treatment and care emphases

  • Paediatric and interventional cardiology
  • Minimally invasive, modern diagnostics procedures such as 3-D echocardiography and cardio-MRI examinations (in co-operation with the Radiological Institute)
  • Pacemaker implantation and aftercare
  • Provision of care also to adults with congenital heart defects (certified supraregional EMAH Centre)
  • Complete spectrum of paediatric intensive care
  • Allergology, pneumology (paediatric respiratory system centre)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchologic diagnostics and therapy

Special offers and facilities

  • Special emphasis consultations for patients with Marfan syndrome (according to §116b) and for children who have undergone heart transplantations as well as adults with congenital cardiac defects
  • Functional diagnostics of the circulatory system in children and adolescents, incl. tilting-table examination
  • Prenatal cardiological diagnostics and consultations in cooperation with the Women's Clinic and residual prenatal physicians
  • Pick-up service for severely ill children and adolescents requiring intensive care
  • Co-supervision for patients requiring chronic intensive care
  • Pneumological/allergological consultation
  • Cystic fibrosis consultation
  • Case management

Distinguished procedures in diagnosis and therapy

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Complete care (cardiological, surgical and ICU treatment) of neonates affected by left ventricular hypoplasia syndrome
  • Certification for EMAH patients (adults with congenital heart defect)
  • Intensive care
  • Differentiated forms of respiration
  • Temporary organ replacement therapy
  • ECMO therapy
  • Diagnostic and interventional bronchiology

Quality assurance

  • Participation in European quality assurance programmes (Aristotle Score, EACTS Database)
  • Participation in national quality assurance programmes of special societies for operatively or interventionally treated patients
  • Quality assurance of cystic fibrosis (European registration)

Hospital numbers

2015 2016 2017  
29 29 29 Available Beds, inpatient
1.991 1.996 2.220 Inpatient Cases
4.3 4.6 4.2 Length of stay in days

Selected services (case number)

2015 2016 2017  
180/75 169/71 185/110 Cardiac catheters / Interventions*
70 55 41 Cardiological MRI exams
236 273 285 Surgeries to treat congenital heart defects**
n/a n/a 47 Cardiological CT exams
n/a n/a 97 Bronchoscopies
923/319 931/355 1.082/395 Intensive care unit patients / artificial respiration patients

*including PFO occlusions
**including ACHD patients