Aaron was in his junior year of high school when he felt some discomfort in his abdomen which seemed to be a symptom of the common flu.
The Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides a multidisciplinary and multispecialty approach for consultation, diagnostic testing and medical management of children with liver, nutritional, and gastrointestinal conditions. Children ages birth through 21 years of age, who are treated for conditions involving the stomach, esophagus, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder and pancreas receive a comprehensive care plan that manages a child’s symptoms from diagnosis to treatment by a specialized care team, often working closely with other pediatric sub-specialists.
Gastroenterologists perform procedures such as liver biopsies and endoscopic "scope" examinations of the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel. Some common tests preformed include, stool tests, blood tests, upper GI series or various radiology exams and endoscopic “scope” procedures to help diagnose and treat various stomach and gastro-intestinal conditions.
Miller Children’s offers a gastrointestinal lab and motility program that cares for patients and their families with timely and reliable diagnostic studies, treatment planning and education. In the lab and motility program we treat and care for neonates, infants, pediatric and adolescent patients. The most common diagnosis is gastro-esophageal reflux.
The Gatroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Center at Miller Children’s is a California Children’s Services (CCS) approved Special Care Center (SCC) for gastrointestinal disorders. This means a specially designated multi-disciplinary care team is responsible for all care coordination and case management of a patient in this program. Patients typically qualify for the Gastrointestinal CCS Special Care Center by medical diagnosis, complexity of their disease and financial status.