Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Digestive disorders affecting infants and children range from simple problems that most children experience, such as vomiting or diarrhea, to more serious problems, such as the birth defect tracheoesophageal fistula, or illnesses such as appendicitis.

Digestive and liver disorders can have significant effects on the health of a child. A healthy digestive system processes the foods and liquids that we eat, replenishing vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are vital for the body to function properly.

UT Southwestern Medical Center offers comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents with gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and hepatic disorders. Clinical services are provided on an inpatient basis at the Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Children's Medical Center Dallas and on an outpatient basis at the satellite clinic in Plano, Texas.

Specific programs have been designed and implemented for the treatment of multiple disorders, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic child diarrhea 
  • Chronic recurrent abdominal pain
  • Child constipation and encopresis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrointestinal vascular anomalies and chronic bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver disease and transplantation
  • Pancreatic and biliary tract disease
  • Short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure

The center contains a fully equipped GI lab that can provide a number of services, including endoscopy and biopsy, colonoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) placement. Other services include 24-hour esophageal pH and impedance monitoring, lactose and urea breath testing, polypectomy, esophageal dilation, endoscopic management of GI bleeding, and coin and foreign body removal.

Experienced treatment from UT Southwestern’s renowned physicians, combined with comprehensive state-of-the-art services, give pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition patients the best in quality health care.