The Clinical Medicine department is part of the larger Humanitas Internal Medicine Center and is equipped with twenty beds that provide remote monitoring of ECG, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation.
Among others, the team treats internal medicine conditions diagnosed at the Humanitas emergency department, such as congestive heart failure, septic conditions, acute bronchopneumonia, and anemia.
The team is composed of specialists in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Immunology and Occupational Medicine, which allows it to manage systemic conditions that involve multiple organs and to determine their possible causes.
The Department specializes in two distinct areas:
Cardiovascular area, focusing on the study (clinical research), diagnosis, management and treatment of syncopes (loss of consciousness), blood pressure disorders and disorders of the autonomic nervous system that are associated with diabetes mellitus and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple System Atrophy. The team employs monitored beds and relies on the Syncope unit in the treatment of such patients. The Syncope unit is a specialized outpatient area available to the hospital departments, the emergency room and general practitioners. The unit relies on a clinical laboratory and a diagnostic section performing tilt tests, autonomic nervous system evaluation tests, plasma catecholamines dosage, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and prolonged non-invasive ECG monitoring. The Syncope unit is part of an international network of centers coordinated by the National Dysautonomia Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to support patients with dysautonomia. It provides comprehensive clinical care for patients that experienced fainting, from diagnosis to medical and behavioral therapy up to observation over time (follow-up).
Immunological area: the team researches and treats the following conditions:
- Connective Tissue Disorders: undifferentiated, mixed, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, polymyositis / dermatomyositis, Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, recurrent polychondritis;
- Vasculitis: Wegener, Churg-Strauss, Micropoliangioitis, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Panarteritis nodosa, Takayasu, Horton’s arteritis, Cryoglobulinemia, Vasculitis of the eye;
- Autoimmune cytopenias: autoimmune anemia, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, autoimmune neutropenia;
- Others: Behcet, Chronic urticaria and angioedema, Uveitis, Hypereosinophilia, Purpura.
The team also provides care on an outpatient and day-hospital basis, such as for the infusion of biological drugs and immunoglobulins.