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.
Psoriasis is a non-infectious inflammatory skin condition. It is chronic and shows up as pinky-red skin lesions covered with scaly silvery-white dead skin cells. It normally appears between 15-35 years old but can do so at any age.
The cause of this disease is an alteration of the immune system that causes an inflammatory chain reaction in the body’s defence mechanisms that results in excessive production of skin cells.
It appears as pinky-red patches covered with silvery-white scaly skin. It mostly appears on elbows, knees, the lower back and the scalp, but can also occur on other parts of the body.
Up to a third of people with psoriasis may go on to develop joint problems, or psoriatic arthritis, characterized by inflammation of the joints. This is generally intermittent and asymmetric and mainly occurs in the fingers, toes and lower spine.
It most commonly appears as skin lesions, which can sometimes itch or become sore, especially if the skin cracks or is broken. There are different types of psoriasis:
Aside from skin lesions, people with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis, which occurs as pain, heat and reddening around the joint and being unable to move the joint. In its advanced stages, there may be deformities, pain in the heels and back pain.
It affects 2-3% of the world population. 10-30% of sufferers develop arthritis, which can occur at any time, although it is more likely between 30-50 years old.
Diagnosis is by observation of the lesions and the areas around them. Specialists may sometimes perform a skin biopsy to confirm diagnosis and to rule out other conditions that may appear similar or have the same symptoms.
There are currently different treatments to alleviate symptoms and signs, and which also cure the skin lesions in most cases. The dermatology specialist will decide the most suitable treatment for each patient, depending on the type of psoriasis, where it is on the body, the severity, and type of patient.
There are three types of treatment:
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