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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

We treat all manner of digestive tract and liver conditions, as well as nutritional problems.

At the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Paediatric Nutrition Department we treat children with complex illnesses, with motility problems, metabolic disorders, hepatic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic oesophagitis, among other conditions. We also treat  patients with common gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux and abdominal pain.

Given the frequent involvement of digestive and nutritional pathologies in multiple chronic diseases among children, we participate actively in many of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's multidisciplinary units to enhance our approach to these pathologies.

We are frequently asked for second opinions on children who present with digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, growth and development problems), but for which no clear diagnosis is available.

Specialties

Inflammatory bowel disease

We have a multidisciplinary team made up of gastroenterologists, nurses, psychologists, dieticians, surgeons and social workers.

It is not covered by public health

Digestive motility disorders

We treat patients with complex disease affecting intestinal motility, which requires a multidisciplinary approach.

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Oropharyngeal dysphagia

We are a national reference centre for this disease and provide diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

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Eosinophilic oesophagitis

We have extensive experience in the medical and nutritional approach to this disease and work jointly with the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Department.

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Liver and biliary tract disease

We treat all types of liver and biliary tract disease: infectious hepatitis, bile duct disorders and other chronic illnesses.

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Coeliac disease

We are experts in the accurate diagnosis of coeliac disease, its treatment and follow-up during infancy.

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Cystic fibrosis

We form part of the multidisciplinary team that treats this multisystemic illness, which also affects the pancreas, liver and intestines among other organs.

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Congenital metabolic diseases

Together with the Neurology Department, we lead the Congenital Metabolic Diseases Unit, where we treat patients with any of these genetic conditions.

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Eating disorders

We treat illnesses of this type together with the Psychiatry Department and the backing of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists and nutritionists.

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Pancreatic diseases

We treat various diseases of the pancreas (acute or chronic pancreatitis) as well as patients with diabetes-related conditions or cystic fibrosis.

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Other diseases
  • Cyclical vomiting
  • Corrosive oesophagitis
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Various malabsorption syndromes
  • Recurrent abdominal pain 
  • Constipation and encopresis
  • Gastritis caused by Helicobacter pylori
  • Gastric and duodenal ulcer disease
  • Post-gastrectomy syndromes
  • Nutritional therapy in chronic diseases
  • Familial polyposis syndromes
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Obesity
Diagnostic/therapeutic procedures and techniques

The most common are: 

  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic
  • 24-hour oesophageal impedance-pH monitoring
  • Oesophageal and anorectal manometry
  • Glucose hydrogen breath test
  • C13-urea breath test
  • Percutaneous liver biopsy
  • Nutritional assessments
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Artificial nutrition (enteral and parenteral)
  • Biofeedback
  • Videofluoroscopy
  • Videoendoscopy for swallowing
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