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.
Truncus arteriosus is a congenital heart defect. At birth, the heart has only one blood vessel and one valve, instead of the usual two arteries and two valves. It is always associated with a ventricular septal defect, which is a hole in the partition that separates the two ventricles.
The single output vessel from the heart means that oxygenated blood is mixed with unoxygenated blood and then enters the lungs and the rest of the body. The arteries that supply the whole body and the lungs originate from this single vessel. The subsequent increased volume of blood that enters the lungs may result in congestive heart failure and lung damage.
The most common symptoms of truncus arteriosus are:
It is a rare heart disorder that affects fewer than 1 in 10,000 children and both genders are affected equally. It may be related to chromosome abnormalities such as DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11 deletion.
Truncus arteriosus is diagnosed via echocardiogram, either prenatally or during the first few hours of life. This is usually sufficient to mean that further diagnosis and tests are not required.
It is repaired during prenatal surgery, during which the two circulations are separated and a conduit inserted into the pulmonary artery. The ventricular septal defect will also be closed.
Most children who undergo surgery recover and go on to develop normally.
In some cases further procedures may be necessary once the child reaches adulthood.
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Foetal Medicine and Surgery Unit
Paediatric Intensive Care
Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiencies Unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutritional Support and Paediatric Hepatic Transplants
Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit
Social Obstetrics Unit
Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Prenatal Diagnosis Unit
Perinatal Mental Health Unit
General and Digestive Surgery
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis
Diabetes and Pregnancy Unit
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Care
Paediatric Hospitalisation and Hospital Paediatrics Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
Paediatric emergency care
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
Neonatal and Foetal Surgery
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Prematurity Prevention Unit
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