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The Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition provides high-quality, comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with common and complex gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders.
- Diagnostic evaluation and testing for stomach, intestinal, colonic, liver, pancreatic and nutritional illnesses
- Comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents with gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic, and nutritional disorders
- Advice and guidance during and after your visit, along with education and information to address your and your child's special concerns about many topics including constipation and celiac disease.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Careful diagnostic investigation, meticulous medical management and attention to psychological, emotional, and physical development form the core of the program. When necessary, close consultation with pediatric surgeons, pediatric dietitians, social workers and psychologists adds to available resources.
- Hepatic Disorders
Decades of experience with common and rare hepatic diseases establish the foundation of this program. Ongoing clinical research concerns interferon therapy of chronic viral hepatitis, and unique approaches to metabolic liver disease, particularly alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency. A well-established liver transplant program continues the tradition of offering the most current therapies for liver disorders. St. Louis Children's Hospital now is developing a unique center for evaluation and care of children with biliary atresia, including a multidisciplinary team of pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric radiologists, pediatric pathologists and the pediatric liver transplant surgery team with nurse coordinator, social worker and a panel of subspecialty consultants.
- Global and Specific Nutritional Deficiencies
Problems such as refusal or inability to eat, weight loss, or failure to grow are often correctable with proper intervention. Special diets or nutritional support regimens such as tube feeding or parenteral nutrition can be designed. Indirect calorimetry is available to measure energy expenditure and allow for prediction of nutritional needs.