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.
A congenital cyanotic heart defect is a congenital heart disorder in which deoxygenated blood bypasses the lungs and enters the circulatory system, or where there is a mixture of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood entering the system. It is caused by structural defects in the heart such as bidirectional shunting, or the incorrect position of the pulmonary artery or the aorta, or any condition that increases pulmonary vascular resistance. The result is the development of collateral circulation.
Children with this heart condition will have the following symptoms:
Tetralogy of Fallot makes up 10% of all congenital heart disorders and is considered the most common cyanotic heart disease. There are around 400 cases for every million births.
Diagnosis is confirmed via 2D echocardiogram.
Repair is carried out around six months old. If the baby suffers a episode before the defect has been corrected, treatment is started in the form of beta blockers to reduce lung spasms.
If very severe cyanotic episodes persist in babies under six months despite this treatment, then palliative surgery needs to be performed to take blood to the lungs. This surgery consists of making a connection between a systemic artery and the pulmonary arteries (a systemic-pulmonary fistula).
The definitive corrective surgery involves closing the ventricular septal defect with a patch and widening the outlet from the right ventricle.
In cases of severe pulmonary insufficiency there is progressive dilatation of the right ventricle in the long term. If this becomes excessive, it is necessary to replace the valve. Risk of lung valve replacement is around 20% after 25 years.
Unfortunately, there are currently no measures that can be taken to prevent this heart condition.
Neonatal and Foetal Surgery
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Paediatric emergency care
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine
Paediatric Intensive Care
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Intensive care medicine
Prenatal Diagnosis Unit
Social Obstetrics Unit
Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Diabetes and Pregnancy Unit
Perinatal Mental Health Unit
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutritional Support and Paediatric Hepatic Transplants
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis
Inherited Heart Disease
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
General and Digestive Surgery
Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Care
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Coronary care unit
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Prematurity Prevention Unit
Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
Abdominal wall surgery
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiencies Unit
Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
Paediatric Hospitalisation and Hospital Paediatrics Unit
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Foetal Medicine and Surgery Unit
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