When Your Child Needs a Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting are common in children. However, they can also signal a more serious medical condition. When these and other digestive issues affect your child’s ability to go to school and take part in normal activities, your child’s primary care doctor may refer you to a specialist.
We Manage Simple to Complex GI Conditions
As pediatric gastroenterologists, we are trained to treat children with conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, gallbladder, bile ducts, liver, and pancreas. These include complicated, sometimes difficult-to-manage conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, liver disease, esophagitis, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and swallowing and feeding disorders.
We Coordinate Your Child's Care with Other Specialists
We work closely with specialists throughout Duke Health when your child needs advanced diagnostic procedures. For example, bile and pancreatic duct blockages can be viewed, diagnosed, and sometimes treated with a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). It uses an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera) and X-ray images to view inside your child’s biliary tract. This highly sophisticated procedure is only available at major medical centers like Duke and requires special expertise.