If your child is suffering from a gastrointestinal disorder, our cumulative digestive health programs at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, part of the University of Michigan Health System, has the breadth and multidisciplinary expertise to comprehensively diagnose and treat your child.
Our Pediatric Gastroenterology service provides diagnostic and consultation services for pediatric patients with common gastrointestinal disorders, which include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Intestinal polyposis syndrome (multiple polyps, can lead to colorectal cancer)
- Malabsorption (nutrients from food not properly absorbed)
- Peptic ulcer disease (painful ulcers in stomach or small intestine)
At our Children's Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, we focus on coordinating the nutritional and gastrointestinal care of infants and children who suffer from short bowel syndrome – a disorder characterized by a host of conditions including diarrhea, malabsorption, and fluid and electrolyte imbalances – or intestinal failure from either malabsorption or dysmotility (muscles of gastrointestinal tract do not work normally.)
We also provide for routine monitoring of parenteral (intravenous catheter) and enteral (feeding tube) nutrition, and carefully select patients who may benefit from bowel lengthening procedures. Our team receives support from Child Psychiatry and Occupational Therapy for working with children who have eating disorders.
Our Crohn's & Colitis Program is dedicated to treating patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which are also known as inflammatory bowel diseases. About 1.4 million Americans have Crohn’s or colitis. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 15 and 35, but both diseases can affect all ages, both male and female. Currently there are about 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. The type of treatment varies from patient to patient. It is determined by the symptoms, severity, and other characteristics of the disease and then customized to fit individual needs. There are a wide variety of medications used to treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Our Intestinal Failure Clinic is an outpatient service, providing consultation to primary care providers and specialist physicians who are caring for complex patients with intestinal failure. Following comprehensive multi-disciplinary examinations, a plan of care is provided for both the patient and the referring physician.
The only pediatric transplant center in the state of Michigan, our Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, is dedicated to the evaluation and care of children with liver diseases that require transplantation. Examples of these diseases include inborn errors of metabolism, autoimmune hepatitis, and biliary atresia (abnormally developed bile ducts). We provide coordinated care of our pediatric patients with a team that includes a transplant nurse, a transplant social worker, a transplant dietician, and a transplant psychologist. The program is part of a combined adult and pediatric liver transplant program and, thus, benefits from the expertise of the adult hepatology and the adult transplant programs.
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