Mass General Hospital

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Name of Treatment Program: Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility Clinic

Short description: The Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children evaluates, treats and follows children with a wide variety of gastrointestinal motility disorders.

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The Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children evaluates, treats, and follows children with a wide variety of gastrointestinal motility disorders including:

We provide family centered care with outstanding support and infrastructure for all aspects of the quality of life of our patients.

Specialized Diagnostic Procedures

Our Pediatric Motility Laboratory performs a large number of specialized diagnostic procedures for the evaluation of gastrointestinal motility disorders, including:

Our Multidisciplinary Team

In collaboration with the nuclear medicine and radiology departments we perform gastric emptying studies as well as gastrointestinal transit studies, and with pathology department support we go beyond in the analysis of tissue samples, including the role of neurotransmitters and Interstitial Cells of Cajal in gastrointestinal motility disorders in children (including motility disorders caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease).

We are proud of our strong relationship with the surgical department, a relationship that has enhanced our program, creating a multidisciplinary program for the evaluation of patients with complex gastrointestinal motility disorders designed to restore nutritional status and to improve bowel function in children. This collaborative work allows us to perform a great array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including tissue biopsies and novel and specialized surgical procedures for gastrointestinal motility disorders refractory to medical treatment.

We also collaborate with the Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center evaluating children suffering with symptoms that affect their ability to eat, breathe or speak.

With greater awareness of gastrointestinal motility disorders in children and new technologies for diagnosing and analyzing such conditions, specialists are gaining in their ability to begin treatment earlier in the course of disease while improving the prognosis for many patients.

A Tradition of Caring

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

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