Pediatric Therapeutic Endoscopy
Pediatric therapeutic endoscopy is a minimally invasive method of diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal problems in children. The Therapeutic Endoscopy unit at Children's Medical Center Dallas leads the nation in therapy of esophageal strictures, GI bleeding and pancreatic and biliary disease in children.
Why Children's Health℠?
The pediatric therapeutic endoscopy program has pediatric physicians from UTSW on site capable of performing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which is not available anywhere else in North Texas or surrounding states. ERCP can help doctors detect tumors, stones or narrowing of the bile ducts using a combination of photographs and X-rays.
We’re also one of the only facilities in the country that uses a balloon procedure to diagnose and treat small intestine conditions in children. The procedure is vital to the diagnosis of a variety of conditions, including tumors and ulcers. It also offers your child the least invasive, most comfortable experience possible.
Children’s Health, in conjunction with the physicians at UTSW, lead in the treatment and care of gastrointestinal disorders in kids. We’re also at the forefront of investing in new technology, while also contributing to innovations through research.
Some of the research we're currently focusing on includes:
- Medication trials
- Risk stratification
- At-risk populations
- Quality improvement
This research not only benefits children in North Texas, it improves care for kids across the world. As a reporting facility to ImproveCareNow, and the PEDI Database, Children’s Health shares outcomes with other pediatric facilities around the country. This information sharing eliminates variability of care by helping to craft a uniform set of treatments for a given condition. It’s just one more way we help your child — and every child — get well and back to the job of being a kid.
How it Works
During therapeutic endoscopy, a doctor will gently pass an endoscope — a long, flexible tube with a camera attached — down your child's throat while she sleeps. The doctor cannot only look for problems in the digestive tract (including the bile ducts, liver and pancreas) but can also treat certain conditions using special attachments.