GI procedures at UNC Children's


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Pediatric endoscopic gastrointestinal (GI) procedures play a key role in diagnosis and treatment of children with GI conditions. These procedures are performed by board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists under general anesthesia or deep sedation by trained pediatric anesthesiologists. Procedures are done in the pediatric endoscopic unit, operating room or sometimes in the adult endoscopic facility.

Procedures commonly performed include:

  1. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with or without biopsy
  2. Colonoscopy with or without biopsy
  3. Flexible sigmoidoscopy with or without biopsy
  4. Pouchoscopy with or without biopsy
  5. Foreign body removal

Therapeutic procedures include:

  1. Control of GI bleed
  2. Removal of GI tract polyps-polypectomy
  3. Treatment of varices with endoscopic band ligation
  4. Dilation of strictures
  5. Pneumatic dilations for achalasia
  6. Intramucosal Botox injections

Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

Performed in conjunction with adult gastroenterologists, include:

  1. Small bowel enteroscopy
  2. Endoscopic resection
  3. Endoscopic ultrasound
  4. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Other procedures performed include:

  1. Anorectal manometry
  2. Esophageal manometry
  3. Esophageal impedance-pH monitoring
  4. Hydrogen/methane breath testing (lactose, sucrose, small bowel bacterial overgrowth)
  5. Helicobacter pylori urea breath test
  6. Small bowel video capsule endoscopy

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral for most pediatric GI care. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at 919-966-2435.

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