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.
It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the oesophagus caused and prolonged due to an allergic reaction. It is typified by difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) any food blockages in the oesophagus (food impaction) and rupturing of the oesophageal wall (oesophageal perforation).
The most common symptoms are:
If the inflammation of the oesophagus and related symptoms are left untreated, they will continue from childhood to adulthood. This inflammation causes structural changes to the oesophagus by remodelling the tissue. This can lead to fibrosis and oesophageal stricture. This means functional deterioration that significantly affects the patient’s quality of life.
From the first recorded case in 1993, eosinophilic oesophagitis has been found to affect 45 out of every 100,000 people, and has an incidence rate of 3.7 cases for every 100,000 people a year. This makes it the most common cause of dysphagia, spontaneous oesophageal perforation and food impaction in young patients.
For appropriate diagnosis, a gastroscopy must be carried out to take multiple biopsies from the oesophagus, since inflammatory alterations can be distributed unevenly. This technique also allows the response to treatment to be assessed.
Endoscopic analysis of the oesophageal mucous membranes is not sufficient to reach a firm diagnosis, as 10-15% of patients will have normal results of a endoscopy.
Treatment for EoE is based on three alternative therapies:
Early diagnosis is important to prevent complications arising from EoE. Early treatment and clinical and endoscopic monitoring is also essential.
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