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.
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory intestinal disease that causes recurring lesions anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. It particularly affects young people who present episodes of stomach symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, blood in faeces or fistulas. Crohn's disease can cause various health problems that may result in changes to the patient's personal, social and family life.
Changes in health directly depend on:
All these changes may make the patient feel their quality of life is getting worse and that they should see their doctor often.
Caring for patients with this disease requires a multidisciplinary approach centred around their needs in order to avoid repeat visits. For this reason patients are treated in specialised unit, such as the Crohn’s-Colitis Unit at Vall d’Hebron Hospital.
The disease manifests as flare-ups. In other words, there are periods when symptoms are active and the patient feels unwell (“flare-ups”) and others when the disease calms down (“periods of remission”).
The most common symptoms during a flare-up are:
The incidence rate of Crohn's disease is 1-10 patients/100,000 people a year and its prevalence is 300 per every 100,000 people. It can appear at any age, but is most common in young adults aged 20-40. It affects men and women equally, and factors leading to a predisposition to the disease include smoking, first degree family members with the disease or changes to the faecal microbiota.
Diagnosis is based on the doctor's assessment of the combined symptoms and subsequent complementary tests that identify and locate lesions in the intestine.
The most important test is the colonoscopy, which consists of inserting a flexible tube into the rectum to see inside the intestine, and through which biopsies can be obtained. Radiological tests can also be used such as MRI or CT scans. The results of the biopsies are used to confirm diagnosis.
Recovery begins with pharmacological treatment, which has vastly improved in recent years, and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
There are several treatment options such as corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and biological agents, which are used depending on the activity and location of the disease, and taking into account any complications that may arise. Once treatment is agreed it is very important not to stop it, as this would result in a relapse and lack of control over the disease.
Treatment of Crohn's disease
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Intensive care medicine
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
General and Digestive Surgery
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Coronary care unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Inherited Heart Disease
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Abdominal wall surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
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