What is gastroenterology?


Gastroenterology is a branch of science that evaluates and treats nutrition problems that affect children's healthy growth, as well as the functions of the esophagus and the diseases of the stomach and small and large intestines within the digestive system. Also, the diagnosis and treatment of liver, gallbladder, and pancreatic diseases in the abdomen, are all carried out by the gastroenterology departments.


What is pediatric gastroenterology?


Since children's digestive systems have a different development and functioning than adults', physicians in the field of pediatric gastroenterology are specialized in the problems that children experience in this field. It is defined as the pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition department. Hepatology and Nutrition covers all diseases related to the digestive system, esophagus, stomach, intestinal diseases, pancreas, spleen, liver, and bile ducts of children and adolescents between the ages of 0 and 18. In addition, the nutrition of children in the age group from the newborn period to the end of puberty and the diagnosis and treatment of nutritional disorders fall under the specialty of this branch. Endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopy and colonoscopy, are used for diagnosis, and treatment should be performed only by pediatric gastroenterologists on children aged 0 to 18.


Early Childhood Diagnosis Predicts a Healthy Future


As with any disease, early diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterological diseases in children saves lives. Thanks to the pediatric gastroenterology departments, many diseases seen in childhood can be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Thus, thanks to early diagnosis, many diseases that may occur in children can be prevented, and a contribution can be made to the growth of healthy generations. It is important that parents also be careful about this issue and go to pediatric gastroenterologists immediately, taking into account some complaints in children and symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, malnutrition, and jaundice, which should be taken into consideration and taken to a gastroenterologist. Thus, measures are taken before many serious health problems arise in the future.


Academic Hospital Children's (Pediatric) Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition


Academic Hospital's Department of Pediatric Health and Diseases assists children and families with all newborn baby needs until puberty. Academic Hospital's Pediatric Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition provides the highest level of service for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive system, liver, and bile duct diseases in all children and adolescents between the ages of 0 and 18.


Awareness Efforts for Parents


Academic Hospital Children's (Pediatric) Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition also serves both healthy children and those with chronic diseases requiring nutritional support. Parents should be following up on the eating habits and fluid intake of their children.


Effective Treatment with Specialist Doctors


Diseases of the digestive system (gastrointestinal tract) and liver are of critical importance in childhood. Our pediatric gastroenterology department provides accurate diagnosis and treatment for digestive and liver diseases in children, as well as regular patient follow-up.The treatments are planned exclusively for each child patient and applied meticulously by determining the most effective treatment option.


Academic Hospital's Pediatric Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition focuses specifically on the following areas:


  • Nutritional disorders (inability to gain weight; obesity; correcting poor eating habits)
  • Patients with chronic disease-related growth retardation (e.g., cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy)
  • Further examination of recurrent (chronic) abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, and symptoms of chronic diarrhea
  • Food allergies
  • Gastritis, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Digestive system hemorrhages (gastric hemorrhage or blood coming from the anus)
  • Celiac disease Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Pancreatitis Hepatitis and gallbladder diseases (stones and inflammation of the gallbladder)
  • Chronic liver diseases (for example, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and Wilson's disease)


Procedures performed in the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology:


  • Diagnostic endoscopy;
    • Esophagogastroduedenoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
    • Rectosygmoidoscopy
    • Endoscopic procedures for treatment
  • Liver biopsy
  • Urea-breath test
  • Following diagnostic interventions, all pediatric gastroenterological problems can be treated.

If your child has the following complaints, consult the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal distention
  • Loss of appetite

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