Special Clinical Focus

  • State-of-the-art asthma therapy
  • Specific immunotherapy
  • Hyposensitization
  • Inhalation therapy
  • Medical therapy of pulmonary fibrosis
  • Therapeutic whole lung lavage

About us

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Costabel, longtime head of the department, is an internationally renowned pulmonologist and researcher at the West German Lung Center whose advice regarding rare pulmonary diseases is sought worldwide. In close cooperation with the self-help organization “Deutsche Sarkoidose-Vereinigung” (German Sarcoidosis Association), the German Sarcoidosis Center is integrated into the department. Here, not only the involvement of the lungs in sarcoidosis is diagnosed, treated and medically checked, but all organ involvements in sarcoidosis. One of the major treatment areas of the department is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In this area, the Ruhrland Hospital is notably prominent concerning therapeutical studies. The department is also widely renowned in the field of rare pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (abnormal accumulation of protein within the alveoli). One third of the 200 Germans suffering from this medical condition are being treated here by administration of vital pulmonary lavages.
Our department is also equipped with an allergy laboratory, a clinical chemical and immunological laboratory, as well as a laboratory for bronchoalveolar lavage. One of the largest of its kind in Germany, the latter is processing more than 2,000 samples from all over Germany per year.
A specialized consultation hour for patients with interstitial lung diseases is available which is also targeted at sarcoidosis patients.

Diagnostic Services

  • Bronchoscopic diagnostics
  • All pulmonary functioning tests
  • Thoracic x-ray and CT
  • Allergy diagnostics
  • Immunological diagnostics
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage

Therapeutic Services

Immunological and allergological pulmonary disorders:

  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Exogenous allergic alveolitis
  • Drug induced pulmonary diseases
  • Rare parenchymal lung diseases
  • Drug therapy for pulmonary fibrosis
  • Clinical studies
  • Therapeutic whole lung lavage
  • Rapid hyposensitization with wasp and bee venom
  • Treatment of aspirin intolerance

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Only single and double bedrooms with shower, toiler and sink, as well as wifi access
  • Single rooms as an option for additional payment
  • Interpreters in 13 languages
  • Catholic and protestant pastoral care
  • Cafeteria for patients
  • ATM (cash machine)
  • Hair dresser and pedicure
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Pulmonology / Lungs

Other services

  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rare pulmonary diseases
  • Alveolar proteinosis
  • Allergies
  • Exogenous allergic alveolitis

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Airports near

  • Airport Dortmund58 km – approx. 1 hrs
  • Airport Dusseldorf31 km – approx. 35 mins
  • Airports Cologne/Bonn70 km – approx. 50 mins

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Hauptbahnhof Essenca. 30 km

Additional staff

Dr. med.
Thomas Wessendorf

Senior Consultant

Dr. med.
Francesco Bonella

Principal Investigator