Pediatric Gastroenterology

Children have characteristic digestive, nutritional and liver problems. This has led to the development of a branch of paediatrics that exclusively deals with gastrointestinal conditions from infancy to teenage. Common gastroenterological problems in children include:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chronic diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nutritional problems (malnutrition or obesity)
  • Liver disease
  • Feeding disorders

Pediatric gastroenterologists are specially trained to perform various diagnostic tests and treatments such as endoscopy (narrow tube with camera is inserted), liver biopsies, anorectal manometry (test for bowel function), intestine and liver transplantation, and oesophageal stricture dilation (stretch a narrowed region of the wind pipe).


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