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Pediatric Digestive Health

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Backed by advanced technology and innovative therapies, our team of pediatric gastroenterologists, hepatologists, nephrologists and nutritional specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provide expert diagnosis and comprehensive therapies to children and teens with digestive disorders. As a comprehensive system of care, our patients also have access to outpatient clinics locations throughout northeast Ohio.

Types of Pediatric GI Disorders

We treat every gastrointestinal, or GI, condition, from the common to the complex. This includes pediatric GI disorders such as:

The digestive process is also affected by other organs that assist in digestion, including the liver, gall bladder and pancreas. Our team of pediatric GI experts at University Hospitals provides comprehensive care for the full range of pediatric GI disorders.

Liver Disorder Expertise by Skilled Pediatric Hepatologists

The liver plays a critical role in digestion by helping the body break down ingested fat. Our specialized pediatric hepatologists diagnose and treat a range of conditions that can keep the liver from functioning properly, including:

  • Acute and chronic liver failure
  • Alagille syndrome
  • Bile acid synthesis defects
  • Biliary atresia
  • Choledochal cysts
  • Congenital hepatic fibrosis
  • Drug-induced liver disease
  • Genetic metabolic diseases of the liver
  • HepatitisA, B, C and E
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver tumors
  • Mitochondrial hepatopathies
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis
  • TPN-associated cholestasis

Our pediatric specialists work together to accurately diagnose and treat liver disorders in children of any age and work with patients and their families to help learn more about their condition and the day-to-day management of their specific concerns.

Comprehensive Care for Pediatric Pancreatic Disorders

The pancreas produces enzymes that help break down food and insulin to control sugar levels in the body. Our UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric specialists treat a full range of pancreatic conditions, including:

  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • Familial pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Shwachman Diamond syndrome

Digestive Experts Diagnose and Treat Nutritional Disorders

Our team of digestive experts also work with patients to manage nutrition issues that can be caused by other digestive issues or can aggravate these conditions. Nutritional disorders can occur at almost any age but are most common in babies and young children. These include:

  • Carbohydrate malabsorption
  • Child obesity
  • Disorders of amino acid absorption
  • Disorders of fat digestion
  • Disorders of metal absorption
  • Disorders of protein digestion
  • Disorder of vitamin absorption
  • Growth problems
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Malabsorption
  • Malnutrition