Pediatric Gastroenterology and Liver Care (Hepatology)

In 2018, our program ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Providers in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital specialize in providing care for infants, children, and adolescents with disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas, as well as nutritional conditions.

Our Approach

The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition specialists at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital brings help and hope to pediatric patients. We’re saving lives through innovation— leading the nation in developing new treatment methods for kids of all ages. For the 11th consecutive year, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has earned a spot among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

We provide outstanding care for advanced GI and Liver diseases, including treatment of liver failure, liver transplant, total pancreatectomy with auto islet cells transplant.

Why parents choose us?

We offer:
  • A dedicated team of 8 Pediatric Gastroenterologists, and 1 Advanced Practice Provider Private hospital rooms to reduce infections and other complications
  • High-level academic research and skilled practitioners in all pediatric subspecialties Platinum Level ECMO Center of Excellence
  • State-of-the-science liver transplantation
  • Largest and most experienced pediatric total pancreatectomy, islet autotransplantation program in the world
  • Innovation to provide the best possible care to children
Research and innovation

Our pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology team currently conducts clinical and epidemiologic studies in:
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases in children, including newly developed treatment modalities, quality improvement studies and epidemiological studies
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Chronic hepatitis B
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal, liver, and nutritional complications of pediatric cystic fibrosis

Conditions We Treat

Pediatric providers at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital are experts in evaluating and treating a variety of conditions your child may have including, but not limited to the below. We are also members of the multidisciplinary University of Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Program, the Liver and Transplant Programs, and the Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-transplant Program. We are members of Improve Care Now, a National Quality Improvement Cooperative for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

We are proficient in the full range of pediatric gastroenterology procedures, including:

Antro-Duodenal Manometry Study

Antro-duodenal manometry is a special test to determine the strength and coordination of the muscles in your stomach and beginning of the small intestine. Some reasons why you may need a study: severe nausea and/or vomiting, concerns for gastroparesis, retching and/or belching.
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Ano-Rectal Manometry Study

Ano-rectal manometry is a special test to determine the strength of the muscles in the rectum and anus. Some reasons why you may need a Ano-rectal manometry: constipation, inability to control when the poop comes out, and to rule out Hirschsprung’s disease.
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Colonic Manometry Study

Colonic manometry is a special test to determine the strength and coordination of the muscles in your large intestine (colon). The test requires a placement of a special manometry catheter - a small tube 0.1 inches in diameter into your bottom and around your colon (large intestine).
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Pediatric Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. After you are asleep, an colonoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to see the large intestine (colon) and the end of the small intestine.
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Pediatric Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. An endoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to look at the last few feet of the large intestine. Small tissue samples are collected.
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Esophageal Manometry Study

Esophageal Manometry is a special test to determine the strength and coordination of the muscles in your esophagus as you drink and/or eat. The esophagus is a muscular hollow tube that connects the mouth and stomach.
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pH-Impedance Study

pH-Impedance study is a special test to determine the whether you have acid or non-acid esophageal reflux disease, if your current treatment of reflux is helpful, and/or if any of your symptoms are related to reflux.
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Liver Biopsy

Liver biopsy is a special test that involves obtaining a small sample of the liver tissue to review it under the microscope. After your child is asleep, a small needle is advanced into the liver under ultrasound guidance. Small tissue samples - the size of few pinheads are collected.
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Upper Endoscopy

Upper Endoscopy (also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) is a special test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract.
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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an examination of your child’s entire lower digestive system (the colon and rectum) to diagnose and treat disease. It is performed by a pediatric gastroenterologist using a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end called a colonoscope.
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Pediatric Liver Transplant

A liver transplant is a lifesaving option for many young patients with liver disease. The child’s medical condition and quality of life are factors that lead to the decision to remove a diseased or damaged liver and replace it with a healthy donor liver.
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Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-transplant

If your child has acute recurrent or chronic pancreatitis and previous medical or endoscopic treatments have not relieved the pain, he or she may benefit from a total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placements
  • Bariatric Surgery - Pediatrics
  • Nutrition Services
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