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Pediatric Gastroenterology - UnityPoint Health - Peoria

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Welcome to Methodist Medical Group Pediatric Gastroenterology. We specialize in caring for children (from birth to age 18) with gastrointestinal (G.I.) tract problems. These experienced specialists work with the entire family to diagnose your child's condition and to offer the best treatment options available. 

Appointments

We see patients by physician referral only. Referrals are accepted from any primary care physician. Please ask your primary care doctor to call us.

The internal organs of the G.I. tract include:

  • Esophagus (swallowing tube that leads to the stomach)
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Colon
  • Pancreas
  • Liver

Common Pediatric G.I. Tract Conditions

The goals of our pediatric specialists include controlling symptoms and restoring quality of life. Our pediatric specialists offer treatment options for several G.I. tract conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Food allergies
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • H. pylori
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (2 types)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Lower G.I. bleeding
  • Pancreatitis - Acute & Chronic
  • Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)
  • Short gut syndrome
  • Upper G.I. bleeding
  • Viral hepatitis

Procedures

When you come to our office, our specialists will talk with you and your child. They will ask you about your child's symptoms. Our doctors may also order a gastrointestinal (G.I.) test to help diagnose your child's condition. 

Pediatric G.I. procedures performed by our doctors include:

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), also called Endoscopy - doctor looks inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine) using a flexible camera
  • Colonoscopy - doctor looks inside the lower intestine using a flexible camera
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - doctor looks inside the rectum and lower part of the large intestine (sigmoid colon) using a flexible camera
  • Capsule endoscopy - patient swallows a capsule containing a (disposable) mini-video camera that allows the doctor to see parts of the small intestine that other tests do not
  • Multiple impedance study - measures whether gas or liquids are moving backwards (refluxing) from the stomach to the esophagus
  • Bravo pH study-uses a capsule to measure acid levels in the esophagus
  • 24-hour pH study - measures how much stomach acid backs up into the esophagus in 24 hours
  • Anorectal manometry - test measures how well the muscles in the rectum and anal canal are working to evaluate patients with constipation and/or fecal incontinence
  • Hydrogen breath test - may be used to diagnose the poor absorption of certain carbohydrates.
  • Urea breath test - checks to see whether patient has H. pylori bacteria in the stomach
  • Electrogastrography - an advanced technology that helps to identify the cause of unexplained nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal discomfort, bloating, and early satiety (fullness)