Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Digestive problems are among the most common childhood ailments. For parents, these problems become a source of concern when they disrupt healthy eating patterns and habits, or your child fails to thrive.
Our gastroenterology and nutrition team provides the most comprehensive GI services for children in Central Virginia. The team includes board-certified gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, dietitians and nurses who offer specialized care to manage the entire spectrum of pediatric gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders.
General gastrointestinal disorders include:
- Acid reflux
- Growth failure
- Tube feeding dependence
- Malabsorptive disorders (such as celiac disease)
- Bacterial overgrowth
- Congenital malformations
We also offer coordinated care for:
Parenteral nutrition dependent disorders
- Short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure
- Services: nutritional support by specialized dietitian and physician
Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Services: endoscopy, MR enterography, bowel surgery, infusion therapy, enteral nutrition
- Swallowing disorders, gastroesophageal reflux, gastroparesis, stooling issues, Hirschprung's disease
- Services: esophageal manometry, pH-impedance study, gastric emptying scan, colon contrast enema, SITZ marker studies, anorectal manometry, pelvic floor therapy, rectal biopsy
- Jaundice, abnormal liver enzymes, liver cirrhosis, acute and chronic liver disease
- Services: liver biopsy, banding of esophageal varices, nutritional support
Conditions of the pancreas
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency
- Services: medical management, genetic testing, endoscopic pancreatic function testing, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, pancreatic islet transplant
Eosinophilic esophagitis and enteritis
- Services: endoscopy with biopsies, allergy testing and food challenge, dietary intervention
A variety of feeding disorders:
- Services: swallow evaluation (modified barium swallow), feeding evaluation and therapy, dietitian support
A medical condition can be physically and mentally taxing for a child and family. Our psychologist offers support with adjustment, coping and emotional resiliency.
Preparing for Your First Appointment
There are no dietary restrictions for the first appointment.
The first appointment requires a detailed interview and a comprehensive physical examination, and could also include blood work and/or a rectal exam. Radiology tests and/or endoscopic procedures will be scheduled for a later date after the first appointment. Please bring notes or test results from the pediatrician (CD of x-rays, blood test results, biopsy slides, etc.).