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Pediatric Gastroenterology Treatments

Our staff is comprised of experts in the diagnosis, management and care of a variety of conditions that include:

  • Recurrent abdominal pain
  • Constipation/Encopresis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Failure to thrive
  • Food allergy
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Intestinal allergy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Mal-absorption/Chronic diarrhea
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Liver and biliary tract disorders (genetic and acquired)
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatic disorders


Nutrition:
The Division of Pediatric Nutrition at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to children with nutritional problems. Our goals include nutritional counseling for families as well as diagnosis and management of children with specific nutritional disorders.

Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Indirect calorimetry to assess metabolic requirements
  • Lactose breath testing


Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Cohen Children's Medical Center has a vast amount of experience in treating children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) from infancy to early adulthood. Our goal is to ensure that children with inflammatory bowel disease live as normal a life as possible and to maximize their growth potential. We educate parents so that they can take a proactive role in their child’s care. We are involved in many research projects designed to improve our clinical treatment of children with IBD.

Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Video capsule endoscopy


Gastrointestinal Motility:
Our state-of-the art endoscopy suite is equipped to perform the latest testing of upper and lower gastrointestinal motility. This testing includes high-definition esophageal manometry, anorectal manometry and esophageal impedance testing.

Diagnostic procedures available include:

  • Esophageal motility testing
  • Colonic motility testing
  • Anorectal manometry
  • pH probe analysis (including wireless pH monitoring and impedance testing)
  • Rectal biopsy


Pediatric Liver Disease:
We treat a number of chronic liver disorders, such as biliary atresia, cirrhosis of various etiologies, autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis. Our specialists have extensive experience caring for children with pediatric liver disease. This includes exceptional aftercare, should your child need a liver transplant.

Diagnostic procedure:

  • Liver biopsy


Functional Intestinal Disorders:
Functional bowel disorders including constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome form the most common reasons for children to seek attention from a pediatric gastroenterologist. All members of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology have abundant experience in diagnosing and managing children with functional bowel disorders. In addition to using the latest therapies and techniques in treating children with these conditions, we also seek to educate the patient and family regarding the basis of these problems.

Diagnostic Procedures:
We are fully equipped to perform state-of the art diagnostic techniques in the evaluation and management of pediatric gastrointestinal or nutritional disorders.

These procedures include:

  • Diagnostic endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Therapeutic endoscopy of the upper and lower GI tract
    • Endoscopic treatment of esophageal strictures
    • Treatment of gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    • Polyp removal
    • Foreign body removal
    • Placement of percutaneous gastrostomy tubes (PEG)
  • Small Intestine Imaging
    • Video capsule evaluation of the small bowel
  • Evaluation of gastroesophageal reflux via intraesophageal pH monitoring
    • Wireless pH probe
    • Electrode based pH probe
    • Impedence testing
  • Evaluation of lactose mal-absorption
    • Breath hydrogen analysis
  • Motility studies
    • Esophageal manometry
    • Anorectal manometry
    • Colonic motility
    • Radio-opaque marker studies
  • Liver biopsy
  • Rectal suction biopsy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
    • Lactose and glucose breath hydrogen testing
    • Indirect calorimetry
    • Bioelectrical impedance
    • Placement of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube
    • Nutritional support including home parenteral nutrition, nasogastric tube and gastrostomy tube feedings
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