Pediatric Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

The Division of Gastroenterology provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. These services are offered on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis. The Digestive Diagnostic Treatment Center uses sophisticated technology and a variety of surgical and therapeutic options to treat patients with compassion and understanding.

Diagnostic services provided by this division include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy, ERCP, esophageal motility, endoanal ultrasound, breath tests and the entire spectrum of standard endoscopic procedures, enterscopy (small bowel endoscopy) and Argon Beam Coagulation for coagulation of tumors and bleeding sites.

In 2008, the Division of Gastroenterology introduced capsule endoscopy, in which the patient swallows a tiny camera contained in a pill. Capsule endoscopy can be used to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be viewed with endoscopy or colonoscopy and is helpful in diagnosing Crohn's Disease, small bowel tumors and obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.

The division performs diagnostic manometric studies of the esophagus, rectum and sphincter of Oddi, as well as 24-hour ambulatory pH monitoring for patients with gastroesophageal reflux and for patients who may have asthma caused by aspiration of stomach acid. These data may also be particularly helpful in diagnosing patients with non-cardiac chest pain.

Programs and Services include: A wide array of services are provided for the treatment of:

Inflammatory bowel disease

Swallowing disorders

Cancer

Gallbladder and pancreatic disease

Liver disease

Functional bowel disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

The Division of Gastroenterology also treats patients for Pelvic Floor Diseases. Staff from the divisions of gastroenterolgoy, urology, colon and rectal surgery and psychiatry work together to provide comprehensive care for a variety of pelvic floor disorders including fecal or urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

Docters

Dr. Smita Mehrotra - DNB (Pediatrics), M.R.C.P.C.H. (U.K), Pediatric Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist.

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