Gastroenterology

Subject of gastroenterology are problems of the gastrointestinal tract and the digestive system.
This area of specialism also focuses on symptoms of the pancreas, gall bladder and liver.

Disease Patterns

We treat children and teenagers who suffer from indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent or painful bowel movement as well as stomach pains, constipation flatulence and sickness.

Another focus lies on problems of failure to thrive, in this case failure of weight development are more affected than the development of the body height.

Frequently problems concerning this matter are food intolerance such as Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) or disorders of digesting carbohydrate components such as lactose (milk sugar), fructose (fruit sugar) or sorbitol (sugar substitute).

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s diseas and ulcerative colitis, disorders of the liver, the pancreas and the gall bladder are further symptoms, which concern the field of gastroenterology.

Examination Methods

  • Initial interview
  • Physical examination
  • Digital sonography
  • Blood analysis
  • Analysis of food intolerances
  • Stool diagnostics
  • Measurement of hydrogen in the exhaled air (H2 breath test)

Therapeutic Options

Change of diet by following a special diet plan, is a central component of this treatment.

After this, height and weight development in the adolescent will be regularly checked - success of treatment will be documented via blood test results.

Medication can also be helpful. This, for example, includes medication used for the stomach and esophagus in order to support the pancreas or the liver.

Dr. Marion Eckert

Pediatric and
Adolescent Medicine

Gastroenterology
Hepatology
Travel Medicine

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