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.
There are two very different types of otitis, both of which children can suffer from: external otitis and middle ear infection.
External otitis affects the auditory canal and is above all related to exposure to swimming pool, bath and fresh water in general. It is most common in summer.
Middle ear infection is related to infections in the upper respiratory tracts, and can be self-limiting (it resolves itself in most cases) or purulent requiring antibiotic treatment It is most common in winter.
b) Middle ear infection: there is usually a history of catarrh in the respiratory tract, suddenly accompanied by pain (in small children this can manifest as intense crying), with or without fever. It does not hurt when the external ear is touched or moved. Sometimes the ear drum may be perforated due to inflammation and pressure, which may result in a purulent secretion, generally associated with the pain (and crying) disappearing.
In both cases, diagnosis is clinical: medical history, assessing symptomatology and exploration using an otoscope.
Otoscope exam. Occasionally, if there is suppuration, cultivation of the pus.
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