Gastroenterology & Nutrition

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital offers Maine’s largest and most comprehensive resource for managing digestive, liver and nutritional disorders in infants, children, adolescents and young adults. From state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to leading-edge medical and surgical treatment options for a range of conditions, it’s all right here, close to home. We offer the region’s only multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Clinic for children with complex problems affecting the airway, pulmonary function and the GI tract. In order to make the care we provide more accessible throughout Maine, our pediatric gastroenterologists see patients on an outpatient basis in Oakland, Caribou and at St. Mary's in Lewiston, in addition to the inpatient and outpatient services offered Portland.

Conditions, Diagnosis & Treatment

Learn more about conditions we treat, diagnosis and treatment options we offer. 

Conditions

Our specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all common pediatric gastrointestinal conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Celiac disease
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Diseases of the gallbladder and pancreas
  • Esophagitis
  • Feeding problems/failure to thrive
  • Food allergies and lactose intolerance
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hirshsprung’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver disease
  • Motility disorders
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Polyp disorders
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers

Diagnosis

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Lactose Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Genetic testing
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Manometry
  • Rectal Suction Biopsy
  • 24-hour pH Probe Monitoring

Treatment

  • Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques
  • The most advanced medications currently available, including biologics that have been shown to dramatically improve the health of children with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nutritional assessment and counseling for children diagnosed with illnesses that require dietary changes