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.
Eczema is a skin condition characterised by the appearance of small vesicles and which exudes fluid. Flaking skin produced by the disease can cause itching, inflammation and pain. It is the skin’s inflammatory response to external or internal stimuli and there are two types: endogenous (or atopic), and exogenous (or contact). Often called dermatitis, eczema has different clinical presentations and may have several different causes.
The existence of other diseases, allergies, contact with irritants and genetic inheritance are some of the causes of eczema.
Endogenous or atopic eczema is an atopic disease typically found in patients with rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma and dermatitis, and usually presenting as hypersensitive dry skin. It is often related to allergic reactions or external stimuli such as exposure to pollen, dust, fur, and urticaria, viral infections and bacterial skin infections.
Exogenous or contact eczema is the allergic or irritative reaction to chemical substances that have come into contact with the skin and that the body interprets as toxic.
Eczema shows up as skin lesions made up of itchy scaly red patches on different parts of the body. Sometimes there may be an inflammatory reaction in the area of the outbreak that may give rise to serum-filled blisters.
Figures show that around 30% of patients with eczema have a family history of atopic disease in the family. Atopic eczema can appear when a child is just a few months old and in these cases it does so on the scalp, face and nappy area. It usually disappears during puberty, leaving the skin dry, and in some cases, signs of atopy such as urticaria or asthma.
Contact eczema appears in patients sensitive to a particular substance, called an allergen. The affected person will have a skin reaction each time they are exposed to this substance.
Suspected diagnosis of each type of eczema must be carried out through studying the patient's medical history. In most cases, diagnosis is clinical, in other words, the dermatologist will diagnose the condition after examining the patches on the skin. If there is any doubt, a skin biopsy can confirm diagnosis.
For contact eczema, a patch test will be needed to determine the allergen responsible for the patient’s patches of eczema.
There are three types of treatment:
Treatment of eczema
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
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
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