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.
Oral herpes is an infection in the lips, mouth and gums caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and which shows up as small painful blisters called herpes labialis, commonly known as cold sores. The herpes simplex infection is very contagious, common and endemic throughout the world. It is normally acquired in childhood and lasts a lifetime.
Herpes caused by the HVS-1 virus is spread by mouth-to-mouth or skin contact with ulcers or saliva and the area around the mouth and lips. It can also be spread to the genitals, resulting in genital herpes.
Although uncommon, it can be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby during birth.
Usually, herpes labialis (or the cold sore virus) is asymptomatic and most people infected do not realise. When it appears, it does so as painful blisters or ulcers on or around the mouth. People with this condition notice a feeling of stinging, tingling or burning in the affected area.
After the first infection, the blisters may periodically reappear, varying from person to person.
According to the WHO, 67 % of the population is infected with HSV-1.
Diagnosis is done in a medical centre, in other words, through examination of the patient. If there is any doubt, the specialist may request virological culture tests on the blisters during the initial stages of the disease to confirm it.
Antiviral medications such as aciclovir, famciclovir and valaciclovir are the most effective to treat those infected with HSV-1. However, despite reducing the intensity and frequency of symptoms, they do not cure the infection.
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
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
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