Digestive Disorders

Digestive Disorders

We approach digestive disorders from four main areas of expertise:

The Gastrointestinal System is affected by many things.
There are many conditions that can affect the GI system and its many organs. The GI system begins at the mouth and extends to the anus. The organs it includes are [see diagram]: the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and small and large intestines. The proper function of the Gastrointestinal System results in proper food assimilation and in growth and development in children.
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The Liver is an important organ in the body.
This large organ plays a major role in metabolism, protein synthesis, fat digestion, and glycogen storage. When the liver doesn't function properly, it can be due to several factors, including food allergies, hepatitis, cancer, biliary atresia, bruising, and other things resulting in a wide variety of disorders.
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Nutritional Care is needed when problems arise.
Proper nutrition is essential in growing infants, children, and teens. Good weight levels must be maintained at all stages of development. Diet should include a large assortment of different foods to meet the body's needs. However, when GI disorders negatively affect how your child is able to use the nutritional value from food due to poor appetite, intolerance to diet, allergies and food sensitivities, or other problems, we are ready to step in with a variety of technologies to ensure the health of your child.
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Our Procedures are designed to help your child.
Gastrointestinal endoscopy involves inserting a small tube into the upper or lower GI tract while the child is sedated. This tube contains a viewing device (scope) that allows the doctor to get a good look at the child's GI tract for potential problems. A reflux study is a series of tests that directly measure gastroesophageal reflux patterns, or how acid appears in the upper GI tract. Motility studies give information about normal and abnormal movement of fluids, food, and waste materials through the upper and lower GI tract, or both. Finally, a liver biopsy, or taking a small sample of liver tissue is important when diagnosing various kinds of liver disease.
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*Many Children's Gastroenterology, MCSG diagnostic procedures are available on an outpatient basis.

Our FAQ page has additional general information about the gastrointestinal system.

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