Department of Endocrinology
Endocrinology clinic consists of an outpatient and pediatric endocrinology departments, as well as inpatient sectors of diabetology, common endocrinology and thyroid disease.
Outpatient department delivers secondary and tertiary level health services in endocrinology to all patient groups with a yearly turnover of around 60000 patients. Diabetology sector focuses on treating diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. Our goal is enabling patients to manage the disease, prevention and treatment of complications. The sector of common endocrinology and thyroid disease treats patients with thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal disorders and rare endocrine syndromes.
Department of pediatric endocrinology is only one of its kind in Lithuania. Children with diabetes, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid and sexual gland disorders, hypopituitarism, obesity and metabolic syndrome are treated here. Complex diagnostic tests are performed for diagnosis of rare chronic genetic disorders. A department runs a diabetes school where children with diabetes and their families are taught disease self-control and nutrition habits.
The course of endocrinology and diabetes carried out in cooperation with departments of surgery, radiology, biochemistry and laboratory medicine is included into compulsory curriculum of the 4th year of the undergraduate program. Elective studies in diabetes and common endocrinology are available for 6th year students. Residents in internal medicine have a 2 month rotation in our clinic.
In a close cooperation with Institute of Endocrinology a number of scientific programs are carried out continuously, mostly focusing on diabetes, thyroid disorders, reproductive endocrinology, and metabolic diseases. Scientific work being is carried out in department of pediatric endocrinology: 6 of 9 physicians in the department have a doctorate degree; two doctors and a nurse diabetes educator are PhD students. The research focuses on epidemiology of type 1 diabetes in children, chronic complications an mortality; standardized self management education program for children and adolescents with diabetes; obesity in children and adolescents; metabolic consequences of delayed intrauterine growth; structural and functional thyroid changes in children with iodine deficiency; incidence of cryptorchidism occurrence and effects of choriogonadotropin treatment. A national register of pediatric diabetes mellitus is being recorded since 1983.