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.
Analytical testing provides a lot of information which enables the origin and severity of the kidney disease to be established. A kidney biopsy allows a microscopic study that is often essential. Genetic testing also provides very important information.
These tests serve to determine the origin of the kidney disease. There are many causes that may be genetic or acquired via a bacterial or viral infection, or resulting from a metabolic disease (diabetes) or an autoimmune disease such as lupus.
In addition to blood and urine tests, a kidney biopsy and/or a genetic analysis, imaging tests can also be useful.
A kidney biopsy may produce minimal bleeding that almost always stops by itself. If it doesn't, it can be controlled using an interventional radiology procedure, whereby the kidney is catheterised to close the area of bleeding. Genetic testing is increasingly used to decrease the need for a kidney biopsy. However, kidney biopsy continues to be the main diagnostic method for kidney disease.
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