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 brain disorder that can affect people of any age. It is characterised by recurring convulsions caused by excessive electrical impulses in groups of brain cells. The consequences can be neurological, cognitive, psychological and social.
In 2005, epilepsy was defined as “a disorder of the brain characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures”. Epilepsy is therefore diagnosed when patients experience two or more seizures, separated by a period of time that can last from 24 hours to 10 years.
Epilepsy causes brief absence seizures, involuntary movements, repetitive reflexes such as sucking movements, loss of consciousness, and so on. It can originate in one area of the brain (focal seizure) or the brain as a whole (generalized seizure). Seizures are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and/or loss of bowel control. Their frequency can vary from only just one over a ten year period to several per day.
Seizures (absence seizures, muscle contractions, etc.) are the main symptom and may vary depending where in the brain the epileptic seizure begins.
For example, in tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), it is common to observe twitching, muscle contractions, jerking, etc. These movements are called “myoclonus” and may be symmetric or asymmetric and are accompanied by rolling of the eyes. They are followed by a spasm with clenching of the teeth, laboured breathing and an epileptic shout.
Epilepsy affects the entire population, regardless of age, from whilst still in the womb right up to people in their nineties. It is estimated that 8 in 1000 people have the condition.
In some cases the cause of epilepsy may be unknown, as although we can see an epileptic seizure occurring in the brain, current technologies do not reveal what causes them. Epilepsy may also be genetic.
It is the second most common neurological disorder (after stroke) seen in accident and emergency departments. An estimated 3,000 patients are seen in our centre every year. 3% of the population will attend a medical centre at some point during their lifetime to determine whether their symptoms are caused by epilepsy.
It is advisable to avoid all situations that may create:
When faced with a seizure, a series of recommendations should be followed to avoid injury to the person having the seizure.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Paediatric Rheumatology Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Traumatology Intensive Care
Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Emergency Care
Bone Metabolism Unit
Inflammation and Autoimmunity Unit
Children's Hospital and Woman's Hospital
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