Paediatric Gastroenterology

The Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology department at Mediclinic Parkview Hospital treats patients aged 0-16 with wide range of problems from gastroesophageal reflux through to inflammatory bowel disease. Our core purpose is to enhance the quality of life of our patients through a clear focus on clinical excellence and patient safety.

Conditions treated include:

  • Allergic gut disorders and food allergy
  • Anal fissures
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the gut
  • Cardiac disease related feeding difficulties – PEG placement
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Coeliac disease
  • Constipation - severe refractory constipation
  • Crohn’s disease - IBD
  • Eosinophilic GI disorders - eosinophilic oesophagitis/colitis
  • Faltering growth
  • Feeding disorders
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • GI dysmotility
  • GI bleeding and anaemia
  • Gut infections
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • IBS
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Liver disease including autoimmune hepatitis, conjugated hyperbilirubinemia, liver failure, biliary atresia and various other GI/liver disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental feeding difficulties – PEG placement
  • Nutritional problems
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Polyposis
  • Post liver and bowel transplant
  • Recurrent abdominal pain
  • Short bowel syndrome / intestinal failure - Long term PN / Home PN
  • Toddler’s diarrhea
  • Ulcerative colitis - IBD

Investigations

Investigations include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal MRI scans
  • Barium x-rays
  • Common gut-related blood tests
  • Examination of the drainage tract from the liver and the pancreas radiologically called MRCP
  • pH studies
  • pH impedance studies
  • Faecal analyses
  • Histopathology of biopsies with multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Hydrogen breath tests
  • Ileocolonoscopy
  • Investigations for occult GI bleeding sources
  • Liver biopsy
  • Oesophageal pressure studies, manometry and motility
  • Pancreatic function studies
  • Radiological investigations such as abdominal ultrasound and abdominal x-ray
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Wireless capsule endoscopy
  • Endoscopy –state of the art endoscopy unit equipped to perform upper and lower GI endoscopies, therapeutic endoscopies including polypectomy, PEG (gastrostomy) insertion, management of upper GI bleeding, foreign body removal and oesophageal dilatation

The department is led by Dr. Balaji, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, who was previously clinical lead for the Paediatric Gastroenterology service at the renowned Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK.