Gastroenterology Procedure Unit | Conditions and Treatments

Biliary atresia

What is biliary atresia? Bile is an important fluid produced by your child’s liver and stored in the gallbladder. In a healthy system, it flows through a tube called the common bile duct to the small...

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Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a term that means "difficulty swallowing." It is the inability of food or liquids to pass easily from the mouth, into the throat, and down into the esophagus to the stomach during the...

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Intussusception

Overview Intussusception occurs when a portion of your child's intestine folds inside another segment — this causes an obstruction that prevents the passage of food, which is being digested. The walls...

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Pancreatitis

What is pancreatitis? The pancreas, a large organ located in the upper abdomen and behind the stomach, plays a very important role in digestion as well as in controlling blood sugar. Pancreatitis...

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Adenovirus Infections

Overview Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory (breathing) illnesses, such as a common cold, conjunctivitis (an infection in the eye), croup, bronchitis, bronchiolitis ...

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Anorectal Malformation

Anorectal malformations are birth defects where the anus and rectum (the lower end of the digestive tract) do not develop properly. During a bowel movement, stool passes from the large intestine to...

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Appendicitis

What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix (a narrow, finger-like pouch that branches off the large intestine). Doctors are not really sure what the...

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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is a newly recognized condition believed to affect millions of Americans. Most people with binge-eating disorder have frequent episodes of eating what others would consider an...

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Crohn’s Disease in Children

Crohn’s Disease in Children Crohn’s disease (CD) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) where one or more parts of a child’s intestinal tract become inflamed. Crohn’s disease is a chronic — but...

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Celiac Disease

What is celiac disease? Celiac disease, which comes from the Greek word for “abdominal,” is a lifelong intolerance to gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and also in oats that have been...

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Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

Gallstones are formed from bile excretions from your child's liver. Here's how it happens: The liver normally produces bile. It drains into the first part of the small intestine where it aids in...

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Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

Overview Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract and genital area of adults. Although GBS usually doesn't cause problems in healthy women...

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a digestive disorder that returns acidic or non-acid stomach juices, food or fluids back up into the esophagus. It is also called acid reflux or heartburn. When the...

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Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, is a spiral-shaped bacterium found in the stomach. H. pylori secretes acid, damages stomach and duodenal tissue and causes inflammation and peptic ulcers....

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children? It can be very scary if your child is having recurring bouts of abdominal pain, cramping, blood in the stools and diarrhea that don’t seem to go...

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Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when red blood cell counts are low due to low levels of iron. Red blood cells use iron to produce a protein called hemoglobin, which is...

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Polyposis

Gastrointestinal polyposis is a term given to a group of disorders that are associated with the growth of polyps anywhere within the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, small intestine, and...

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Pyloric Stenosis

Overview Pyloric stenosis is a common problem that occurs in babies during early infancy. Babies with this condition have vomiting as their primary symptom. The vomiting usually happens in infants...

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Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers

If your child has an ulcer, he has an open sore or lesion usually found on the skin or mucous membrane. An ulcer in the lining of the stomach or duodenum is referred to as a peptic ulcer. A peptic...

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Ulcerative Colitis

What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition in which one or more parts of the intestinal tract become inflamed. (Crohn’s disease, CD,...

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