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.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is generally spread through sexual intercourse and mainly infects the skin (penis, vulva, anus) or mucous membranes (vagina, cervix and rectum) of the genitals in both men and women. Likewise, it can also appear in the mouth and the pharynx and tonsils.
This is a frequently transmitted disease and in most cases it does not result in any pathology. It can, however, release a benign disease in the form of warts, or less commonly, different types of cancer. In women, HPV can cause cervical cancer.
HPV is spread via direct skin to skin contact during sex, and not through fluids. In around 90% of cases it disappears spontaneously, but it can be transmitted whilst the virus is present.
HPV is classified in terms of whether or not there is a risk of cancer developing:
It should be said that it is possible to be infected with more than one type of HPV. In addition, persistent infection can result in developing cancer of the cervix, vulva, penis, anus or oropharynx.
Specifically, the virus initiates dysplastic changes in the epithelial cells which continue to evolve until they produce an invasive cancer. This is a progressive process and the time from infection until developing the disease can be up to twenty years.
Genital warts or small protuberances or groups of different sizes and shapes may appear in the area of the genitals.
In the case of cancer, there are no symptoms until it is very advanced. In the case of cervical cancer, symptoms show up as:
In Catalonia, cancer of the womb occurs in 7.2 out of every 100,000 women per year (2003-2007). This represents 2.8% of all female cancers. Between the ages of 35-64 this figure rises to 16.1 cases for every 100,000 women. Furthermore, the risk of developing this disease for women who live to 75 is one in 106.
Anal cancer has an annual incidence rate of 1.8 cases for every 100,000 people, but in the case of men engaging in same-sex relations and infected with HIV, this rises to 70 or 128 cases for every 100,000.
When there is evidence of warts, diagnosis is usually clinical or by biopsy. Cancer is detected by cytology tests, which allow anomalous changes in the cells to be seen before they develop. If the test comes back anomalous it can be complemented by a colposcopy that allows magnified examination of the cervix and samples to be taken.
HPV detection is the main component of a preventative strategy to detect the virus before it reaches the point of disease.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for HPV.
In the case of warts, in most cases they can be eliminated through surgery, ointments or other treatments.
If cancer does develop, treatment will depend on the stage at which it is diagnosed. For example, if it is detected early in the cervix this can involve removing the damaged tissue, whilst in more advanced stages it may require a hysterectomy, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The use of condoms is essential to prevent HPV. There is also highly effective vaccine used as a way to prevent cervical cancer. Regular cervical smear tests (Papanicolau test) are also carried out as a form of screening. This strategy, however, is changing due to the techniques used to detect the virus which, together with the smear test, are enabling the different stages of the disease to be monitored (acquisition, persistence, progression to precancerous lesions and invasion).
Paediatric Intensive Care
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiencies Unit
Clinical and molecular genetics
Paediatric Hospitalisation and Hospital Paediatrics Unit
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Foetal Medicine and Surgery Unit
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Paediatric emergency care
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Physics and Radiation Protection
Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
Prenatal Diagnosis Unit
Social Obstetrics Unit
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
General and Digestive Surgery
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutritional Support and Paediatric Hepatic Transplants
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Urology and Paediatric Kidney Transplant
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Diabetes and Pregnancy Unit
Perinatal Mental Health Unit
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery
Tobacco cessation (quitting smoking)
Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Care
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Intensive care medicine
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
Inherited Heart Disease
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Neonatal and Foetal Surgery
Abdominal wall surgery
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Coronary care unit
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Prematurity Prevention Unit
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