Motility Center

As part of the Gastroenterology program at Children’s Medical Center, the Center for Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility is ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, in the diagnosis and treatment of bowel and aerodigestive disorders in infants, children and adolescents. The Center treats Children suffering from digestive motility disorders which are when the rhythmic contractions that in normal digestion moves food through the digestive tract is abnormal. Abnormal contractions may be caused by a problem with the muscle itself or the nerves or hormones that control the muscle's contractions.

Under the direction of Dr. Rina Sanghavi, the Center works together with the Neurogastroenterology program to provide positive outcomes for young patients inflicted with a variety of digestive conditions. The team not only consists of pediatric gastroenterologists, but also of specialists from around the hospital including nutritionists, hepatologists, surgeons and nurses.

Our team of specialists crafts the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient through a collaborative, cross-specialty process.

Common Conditions Treated by the Motility Center

Various conditions cause motility problems in children. The symptoms of these conditions can range from severe to mild, but the Center is equally equipped to diagnose and treat all ranges of problems. Some common conditions that cause motility problems in children, along with some common symptoms of motility issues that the Center treats include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, chronic or otherwise
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe, intractable constipation
  • Abdominal pain

Therapeutic Endoscopy

Children’s Medical Center Dallas houses one of only ten Therapeutic Endoscopy programs in the United States that performs specialized, leading-edge endoscopic procedures in children of all ages. The program is capable of performing revolutionary retrograde cholangiopanereatography (ERCP), which is not available anywhere else in North Texas.

Only a tiny handful of facilities in the country perform the endoscopic balloon procedure on children. The procedure is vital to the diagnosis of a variety of conditions of the small intestine, including tumors and ulcers. This technological advancement allows our team to develop a more targeted approach to care because they are able visualize conditions first hand.

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