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The Division of Gastroenterology offers comprehensive medical care and investigative services to infants, children and adolescents with gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders. More than 8,000 patients per year are seen in the different clinic locations. More than 1,600 endoscopic procedures are performed each year on children with gastrointestinal disorders.
The Division includes several full-time physician faculty members, nurse practitioners, and nutritionists highly specialized in caring for children with gastrointestinal and liver disorders.
The gastroenterology division uses state-of-the-art technology for procedures such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy, removal of foreign body, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, polypectomy, small intestinal biopsy, and rectal suction biopsies, pancreatic function studies, breth hydrogen test, pH/impedance monitoring, percutaneous closed liver biopsy, percutaneous gastrostomy tube insertion, variceal banding, and sclerotherapy. In addition the department offers motility studies including esophageal and anorectal manometry.
The division has ongoing clinical research studies to evaluate inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic osophagitis, constipation and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Diagnostic and treatment services for children with a wide range of both common and rare gastrointestinal disorders are performed.
Some of the conditions commonly seen include;
Abdominal pain, Abnormal defecation after anorectal surgeries, Autoimmune hepatitis, Atypical Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux, Achalasia, Biliary atresia, Celiac disease , Crohn's Disease (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Constipation and encopresis, Defecation and voiding dysfunction, Encopresis (Holding Bowel Movement), Eosinophilic esophagitis and gastroenteritis, Failure to thrive, Fatty liver disease, Fecal Incontinence, Feeding disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Gastroparesis, Hirschsprung's Disease, Liver disorders, Liver disease and transplant, Malabsorption, Metabolic liver diseases, Non-cardiac Chest Pain, Obesity and obesity-related gastrointestinal disorders, Pancreatic diseases, Short-bowel syndrome, Short Gut Syndrome, Swallowing Difficulties, Ulcerative Colitis, Viral hepatitis and Ulcers.
The Children's Hospital of Michigan Gastroenterology Division started the first Crohns and Colitis Support Group for Pediatrics in the State of Michigan. The Pediatric Crohn's and Colitis Family Support Group and Celiac Family Support Group meet on a quarterly basis.
Locations: Canton, Clinton Township, Detroit, Southfield and Troy.
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