Our care is designed not only to treat your child or teen’s digestive disorder, but to help them feel comfortable in the healthcare setting and thrive at home.
In addition to the pediatric neurogastroenterologists who will treat your child, our center includes:
- Registered dietitians to recommend dietary and lifestyle changes while ensuring your child is receiving optimal nutrition
- Child psychologists to help your child manage stress and care for their mental health
- Physical therapists to assess your child’s pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and to help improve bowel function
- Child life specialists who help explain conditions, tests and procedures in an age-appropriate manner
We also work closely with experts in Children’s Colorado’s International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care and Department of Pediatric Urology when surgery may be necessary.
Diagnostic and therapeutic testing for neurogastrointestinal disorders in children
Our Program offers state-of-the-art testing and innovative technology to properly diagnose and treat the wide array of complex motility disorders in kids, including:
- Esophageal manometry: A test to check how well the muscles of the esophagus work together to move solids and liquids down the esophagus into the stomach
- Antroduodenal manometry: A procedure to measure how the muscles of the stomach and small intestine are working while fasting, after a meal and during sleep
- Colonic manometry: A test to determine how muscles and nerves work inside the colon and the strength of muscle contractions
- Anorectal manometry: A test to evaluate the rectum and anal sphincter, sensation in the rectum and neural reflexes (many nerves that work together) that are needed for normal bowel movements
- EndoFlip: A tool that can assess the opening of the lower esophageal sphincter and the stiffness of the wall in the esophagus
- Colonic transit marker study: A test to evaluate how well the colon can transport waste from the small intestine to the rectum
- Whole-gut gastrointestinal transit / nuclear scintigraphy studies: Tests to evaluate the movement of food through the whole digestive tract using specialized technology
- Gastroesophageal pH / impedance and Bravo PH testing: Tests to determine the amount of acidity (pH) in the esophagus and stomach to help diagnose gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD)
- External ear vagal nerve stimulator therapy: A procedure to help with chronic pain and nausea disorders
Neurogastroenterology and motility research and innovation
The neurogastroenterology team at Children’s Colorado leads scientific research to better understand intestinal motility problems. Our basic science research focuses on understanding the enteric (intestinal) nervous system’s response to injury and how this can lead to disorders of sensory and motor function of the intestines like pseudo-obstruction and abnormal intestinal barrier function.
We’re also working diligently to develop new therapies to treat patients, including stem cell transplants to replace missing or damaged nerve cells in the intestine. Coming to the Digestive Health Institute at Children’s Colorado means your child will have access to the most advanced treatments available.