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.
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as "brittle bone disease", is a genetic disorder that affects the production of collagen, a principal element in connective tissue and bone. These individuals easily sustain fractures, even without trauma. There are various types of OI, so symptoms can vary. In most cases, the disease is caused by a mutation in the gene coding for type I collagen.
OI can cause fragile bones, short stature, delays in growth, deformities of the spinal column and other bones, blue sclera, hearing loss, and problems with the formation of the teeth (dentinogenesis imperfecta). In its most severe form, babies die shortly after birth. There are mild forms that can manifest with premature osteoporosis.
It is a very infrequent disease and is considered rare. The estimated incidence of OI is
approximately 1 out of every 10,000-20,000 births, but we must keep in mind that the milder forms may not be diagnosed.
If a patient presents symptoms like those mentioned above, leading to the suspicion that they may have this disease, a genetic study must be carried out.
It requires a multidisciplinary approach. Treatment aims to improve the impact on quality of life and prevent complications. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, detecting and treating dental and respiratory problems, dealing with hearing loss, and surgery to correct deformities are very important. Pharmacological treatment is carried out using widely employed osteoporosis drugs.
Bone Metabolism Unit
Inflammation and Autoimmunity Unit
Paediatric Rheumatology Unit
Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit
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