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What is a pediatric gastroenterologist?

For the most part a pediatric gastroenterologist is a pediatrician with an interest in the gastroenterology issues listed below.

 

  • Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Severe or complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (reflux or GERD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Liver disease
  • Acute or chronic abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic or severe diarrhea
  • Pancreatic insufficiency (including cystic fibrosis) and pancreatitis
  • Nutritional problems (including malnutrition, failure to thrive, and obesity)
  • Feeding disorders
  • What training is needed to be a pediatric gastroenterologist?

  • At least 4 years of medical school
  • Three years of pediatric residency training
  • Three years of additional training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, including medical research and treatment of infants, children, and teens with digestive, liver, and nutritional disorders
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