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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Services

The Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition provides diagnostic, treatment, and support services for pediatric patients with feeding, gastrointestinal, and liver problems.

Diagnostic Services

We offer a full array of diagnostic tests, including state-of-the-art screenings that are not commonly available at other medical centers. Some of the tests available include:

  • Breath 13C-urea testing to diagnose H. pylori gastritis
  • Breath hydrogen testing to detect carbohydrate intolerance
  • 24-hour impedence and pH monitoring to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux
  • State-of-the-art endoscopy services for children of all ages
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Pancreatic and biliary tract studies
  • Fecal microbiota transplantation
  • Advanced techniques for sampling tissues in the esophagus, pancreas, stomach, and rectum--including endoscopic ultrasound and interventional endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) is a minimally invasive technique used to assess the pancreas and bile ducts to diagnose disease, as well as perform procedures such as biospies, removing gall stones and widening narrowed ducts

Innovative Therapies

In cooperation with the Section of Pediatric Surgery, we offer a broad range of treatments to manage acute and long-term feeding and digestive problems. These therapies include:

  • The latest medications for digestive problems, including novel treatments that are not available to the general public
  • Therapeutic endoscopy procedures, including percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement
  • Colonoscopy to remove polyps
  • Sclerotherapy of esophageal varices, a treatment for bleeding in the esophagus
  • Interventional radiologic procedures
  • Minimally invasive surgery to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease, pyloric stenosis, and other anatomical disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Hypnosis for gastrointestinal functional disorders
  • Espophageal dilation is used to stretch or open parts of the esophagus that have narrowed so children can swallow easily.

Liver Transplantation

Some liver disorders--such as primary sclerosing cholangitis and neonatal hemochromatosis--can be successfully treated with a liver transplant. Our team works hand-in-hand with pediatric transplant surgeons and other experts to provide the best care before, during and after liver transplantation.

The University of Chicago Medicine is a leader in transplant surgery for children and adults. In fact, the first successful U.S. living-donor liver transplant (in which a mother donated a portion of her healthy liver to her daughter) was performed here. »Learn more about our pediatric liver transplant program