Gastrointestinal disorders including coeliac, inflammatory bowel and liver disease

The paediatric gastroenterologists practicing at CPMG are available for consultation regarding the full spectrum of gastroenterological disorders that occur in children. Particular areas of interest within the group include:

Coeliac Disease

This is a common condition in the Australian population. It is likely to be symptomatic in children less than 2 years of age and many teenagers and adults can have non-specific symptoms. There are many long term effects on health if not treated appropriately and so timely referral and diagnosis is essential. Children should have serology screening and if positive referred for a gastroscopy and small bowel biopsy.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

We look after patients with both Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis and see between 60-80 new patients each year. These conditions may present with diarrhea or abdominal pain, weight loss. Blood tests looking for evidence of inflammation plus stool culture exclude infection are important. Once this is completed then children are required to undergo gastroscopy and colonoscopy for a diagnosis to be made. Treatment is life long and includes dietary change plus medications. The care that is provided includes many disciplines including medical, dietitian, psychologist and others.

Liver Disease

There are many conditions that affect the liver and are very age specific. Liver disease could present as jaundice, upper abdominal pain or simply tiredness and lethargy. In which case liver function tests would show an abnormality. In these circumstances it would be best for a GP to inform us of these results so that we can triage such referrals in a timely manner.

The following paediatric gastroenterologists are available for consultation at CPMG: