At the Paediatric Nephrology Department, we are specialised in studying and treating children with kidney disease to fulfil their physical, psychological, emotional and social development. The highly sophisticated level of technology at our practice, in conjunction with medical advances, means more and more children survive acute or chronic kidney disease.
Our Department is aimed at preventing kidney disease in children through early diagnosis, including prenatal diagnosis. In the case of children with chronic kidney disease in substitute treatment, we offer vital support with dialysis techniques. In the case of chronic terminal kidney disease, we offer kidney transplants as the best therapy.
Our team uses extracorporeal techniques, both in primary renal pathology and for preserving and prolonging the functionality of the kidney transplant (plasmapheresis, immunoabsorption, etc.).
We provide care and treatment for children with non-kidney pathologies with an impact on kidney function, especially in patients with chronic pathologies, such as solid organ transplants, bone marrow transplants and syndromes that affect the kidney, survivors of chemotherapy and nephrotoxicity.
Vall d'Hebron Hospital was the first centre in Spain to carry out a liver transplant in a child in 1985.
Portfolio of services
- Hydroelectrolyte alterations originating in the kidney: sodium and water disorders, potassium disorders, calcium and phosphate disorders, magnesium disorders
- Acid-base changes originating in the kidney: tubular acidosis
- Neonatal disorders of kidney function
- Study and treatment of malformations in the kidney and hereditary neurological diseases
- Renal manifestations of other extrarenal diseases
- Tubulointerstitial nephropathies
- Infection of the urinary tract and infectious processes
- Uropathies (in coordination with the Paediatric Urology Section)
- Nephrocalcinosis and kidney stones
- Nephrourological tumours (in coordination with the Paediatric Oncology Department)
- Nephrotoxicity resulting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Arterial hypertension
- Acute renal failure
- Chronic renal disease
- Renal disease in recipients of other solid organ transplants
- Renal disease in bone marrow transplant recipients
- Kidney transplant. Official Reference Centres, Departments and Units of the Spanish National Health System (CSUR)
Extrarenal depuration techniques
- Continuous arteriovenous and venovenous haemo(dia)filtration
- Acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis
- Acute and chronic haemodialysis
- On-line haemodialysis
- Lipid apheresis. Reference centre
- Granulocyte apheresis
- Research into corticoresistant nephrotic syndrome within the Renal Physiology Group of the Research Institute
- Research into growth retardation in chronic kidney disease
- Research into erythropoiesis stimulators in chronic kidney disease
- Research into calcium-regulating hormones in different renal pathologies
- Research into immunomodulatory mechanisms in kidney transplants
- Clinical trials with ferumoxitol in chronic kidney disease anaemia
- paracalcitol at stage 4 of MRC
- UAB undergraduate degree
- Continuing education in Paediatric Nephrology
- Training for Paediatrics medical residents
- International Paediatric Nephrology Courses
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.