Pediatric Gastroenterology

To provide the highest quality of care to children with digestive disorders, we have a pediatric gastroenterology specialist on staff who is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in children. 

This specialist works closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialists to coordinate and implement a total treatment plan that is customized for your child’s specific condition to achieve the best possible outcome. This multidisciplinary team stays in close contact with you and your child throughout the course of his/her treatment, ensuring the highest level of clinical care. The team also provides you with important education regarding lifestyle changes you and your child can make to manage his/her digestive disorder.

What makes our Pediatric Gastroenterology Department different?

At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.

From the first time you and your child arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you, your child and your family as is necessary to make sure all of you understand your child’s condition, the diagnostic tests we are recommending and all of your child’s treatment options. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain our recommended course of treatment and answer any questions you may have so that you understand what to expect.  

Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Pediatric Gastroenterology group truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.   

Always at the forefront of medicine

The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding the treatment of diseases and disorders of the digestive system. As part of Northwell Health, our pediatric gastroenterologist participates in its Department of Gastroenterology training programs, making sure she is continually up-to-date on the newest breakthrough treatments for our pediatric patients’ gastrointestinal conditions. This emphasis on ongoing training also ensures that our pediatric gastroenterologist has ready access to the latest technological advances in disorders of the digestive system.

Pediatric gastroenterologists are experts at treating a variety of GI disorders in children, including:

Diseases of the small intestine and colon

Responsible for digesting most of the foods you eat, the small intestine connects the stomach to the large intestine, folding many times to fit inside your abdomen. Problems with the small intestine can include celiac disease, Crohn's disease, intestinal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. Located in the same general area of the body is the colon. People can also experience problems with the colon and rectum, including diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, benign polyps and malignant lesions, each one requiring its own particular treatment.

Esophageal diseases

The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach. Esophageal disorders encompass a broad class of diseases, including hiatal hernias, heartburn/acid reflux (GERD), esophageal motility disorders, and benign and malignant tumors. Symptoms vary widely but commonly manifest as the sensation of food sticking in your throat, chest pain or regurgitation.

Gallbladder and biliary diseases

The biliary tract consists of small ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and then to the small intestine. Bile helps aid digestion by making cholesterol, fats and fat-soluble vitamins easier to absorb. Gallbladder and biliary diseases include gallstones, tumors, acute acalculous cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis, cholangiocarcinoma, biliary obstruction and parasites.

Inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel disease is an overall term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. The most common of these are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, both of which usually involve severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss. To confirm a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, tests and procedures include blood tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, balloon-assisted enteroscopy, x-ray, CT scan and MRI.

Liver diseases

The liver plays an important role in many bodily functions, from protein production and blood clotting to cholesterol, glucose (sugar) and iron metabolism. A variety of illnesses can affect the liver, including excessive amounts of acetaminophen, cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, auto-immune hepatitis, Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and iron overload. Some liver problems can be treated with lifestyle modifications, such as or losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Others may need medication, surgery, or in severe cases, a liver transplant.

Pancreatic diseases

The pancreas, a long, flat gland located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen, produces enzymes (that help digestion) and hormones (that help regulate the way your body processes glucose). Pancreatic diseases include acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder. The pancreas also plays a role in type 1 and type 2 diabetes when it produces insufficient insulin or no insulin at all. Treatment for pancreatic disease can include enzyme supplements, changes in diet and surgery.

Peptic ulcer diseases

Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine, and include stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, gastritis and Helicobacter pylori. The most common peptic ulcer symptom is burning stomach pain. Effective treatments include medications that block acid production, neutralize stomach acid and protect the lining of the stomach and small intestine.To read more, click here for our most recent blogs.

We offer the following treatment and services for disorders of the digestive system:

  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon polyp removal
  • CT and MRI enterography
  • EGD (upper endoscopy)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Esophageal dilation 
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography)
  • Iron infusion
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Stents for the gastrointestinal tract
  • Variceal banding

 

To learn more, please read our blogs on these subjects.

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