National specialised medical care

National specialized medical care is a health care system in Sweden where medical care of certain rare or difficult-to-treat conditions is concentrated to a maximum of five healthcare providers in order to increase knowledge, quality and patient safety.

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare decides what areas of care and diagnoses that are included in this highest level of care as well as number of licenses. The licenses for the healthcare providers are followed up regularly to ensure high quality.

National specialized medical care at Karolinska

As a result of high competence, accessibility and work in multidisciplinary teams, Karolinska University Hospital has been entrusted with conducting national specialised medical care in a number of areas:

Some advanced pediatric and adolescent surgery

  • Anorectal and some urogenital malformations including Hirschsprung´s disease
  • Surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Malformations of the esophagus

Fetal medicine

  • Intrauterine treatments
  • Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT)
  • Fetal therapy

Treatment of children with cochlear implant

Liver transplants

Preimplantatoric genetic diagnostics

Trophoblast diseases

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