Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases and disorders of the endocrine glands. Endocrine glands include, among others, the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, the pancreas, ovaries and testicles. The hormones they produce are transmitted to different parts of the body through the bloodstream to work their effects. The functioning of our hormone system affects our entire body, so altered hormone production affects the functioning of many of our organs.  

The endocrinologist is responsible for detecting and curing hormone problems and hormone disorders. 

When should I contact an endocrinologist?  

In many cases, complaints relating to the hormonal system are general and difficult to grasp. However, if these problems persist for a long time, they may worsen, hence the importance of consulting a doctor. It is the task of the endocrinologist to decide whether the underlying cause of the complaints may be due to hormonal abnormalities, lifestyle or other factors. 

  • Abnormal hair loss and skin changes, acne, development of pimples  
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss  
  • Fatigue, even after 8-10 hours' sleep  
  • Insomnia  
  • Mood swings, malaise, panic, depression, constant heart palpitations  
  • Abnormal diarrhea or constipation  
  • Genital dysfunction: menstrual disorder, fertility problems, hot flushes, impotence  
  • Frequent bone fractures  
  • Kidney stone formation  
  • Diabetes  
  • High blood pressure, abnormal blood fat levels 

What happens during the endocrinology examination? 

During the first endocrinology examination, the specialist thoroughly interviews the patient about their complaints, studies the medical records brought by the patient to the examination, examines the patient, conducts lab tests (hormone tests, other targeted lab tests) and if necessary, requests an imaging examination (ultrasound, CT, MR, etc.). In the subsequent evaluation of the results, the endocrinologist may recommend treatment or, where necessary, order further specialist examinations. 

How should I arrive for the examination?  

Be sure to bring your previous medical records and a list of medicines taken. You do not need to arrive on an empty stomach for the examination.