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Specialized pediatric care for digestive disorders

Digestive disorders can be debilitating, life-threatening and even deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37 million physician visits each year in the United States result in diseases of the digestive system as the primary diagnosis. Digestive system diseases account for nearly 8 million visits to the emergency department annually.

Children are not immune. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America estimates that 80,000 children have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and colitis disease). The top five digestive disorders affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults are:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — 10% of infants.
  • Celiac disease — one in 133.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease — 160,000 under 18.
  • Lactose intolerance — 30 million by the age of 20.
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis — one in 10,000.

Bringing expertise and compassion to pediatric patients, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric gastroenterologists specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing children of all ages with mild to acute gastroenterology (GE) disorders, such as:

  • Esophagus — GERD, achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus.
  • Stomach — Heartburn, GERD, gastritis, peptic ulcers.
  • Small intestine — Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Colon and rectum — Ulcerative colitis, colonic polyps, hemorrhoids.
  • Pancreas — Pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, intraductal papillary mucosal neoplasm.
  • Gallbladder — Biliary colic, gallstones, gallbladder cancer.
  • Bile ducts — Primary sclerosing cholangitis, bile duct strictures, bile duct stones.
  • Liver — Hemochromatosis, cirrhosis, hepatitis.

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Program benefits

Compassion, dedication and knowledge are fundamental when caring for children with GE conditions. Our specialists provide early detection, diagnoses and treatment plans to children with digestive disorders.

Collaborate across the continuum
Pediatric GE care requires coordination among pediatric specialists, advanced practice providers and related clinical professionals to ensure a fully aligned and cooperative approach.

Provide high-quality care
Delivering evidence-based care built on a framework of robust quality improvement support is the key to positive patient outcomes. Comprehensive evaluations and patient- and family-centered, compassionate care ensure thorough diagnosis and timely treatment.

Strengthen referral networks
Augment the availability of pediatric gastroenterology services to clinicians and other specialists in your community, enabling patients to receive care close to home.

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