We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
A procedure that, by introducing a flexible tube (bronchoscope) into the nose or mouth, allows the bronchial tree to be viewed, for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes.
To examine the bronchial tree and obtain samples of secretions or tissues for analysis with the aim of gaining an aetiological diagnosis of the causative illness. It can also be a therapeutic test, allowing suction of secretions or clots, extraction of foreign bodies, permeability of the airway in lung tumours and treatment of complications resulting from lung transplant.
With the patient normally lying down and consciously sedated, the bronchoscope is introduced into the airway, administering local anaesthesia in the passageways (larynx, trachea and bronchi). After examining all the bronchi and identifying any possible lesions, samples are taken, which may include: bronchial aspiration, bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchial brushing, transbronchial puncture, bronchial biopsy or transbronchial biopsy.
Minor undesirable affects may appear, such as snoring, cough, fever, localised pain, nausea or sickness and coughing up small amounts of blood, which are usually self-limiting and present no risk to life. Less commonly, major complications may occur, such as haemorrhage, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, pneumothorax (entry of air into the thorax outside of the lung). In very rare cases, complications such as arrhythmia or arrest of the heart, respiratory depression or arrest and acute stroke, may be severe and require medical or surgical treatment, including a small risk of death.
Rigid bronchoscopy, CT-guided needle lung biopsy, mediastinoscopy, surgical lung biopsy.
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