Pediatric Gastrointenstinal Services at Medical City Frisco

Pediatric gastroenterology focuses on the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and pancreas of children from infancy until the age of eighteen. At Medical City Frisco, our pediatric gastroenterology team can diagnose and treat disorders ranging from food allergies to bowel disorders to liver disease.

Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopy, also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) involves the use of a small, flexible instrument to examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine. It is commonly done as an outpatient procedure, and your child will be allowed to go home within an hour of the procedure. This procedure allows your child’s physician to check for causes of abdominal pain, difficulty or painful swallowing, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, and vomiting.

During the procedure the physician will:

  • Dilate or stretch narrowed areas of the esophagus and stomach
  • Take tissue samples (biopsies) to check for inflammation, infection and cancer
  • Remove growths
  • Remove foreign bodies or food stuck in the GI tract
  • Find and treat actively bleeding lesions using medications, cautery, or clipping devices

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a test that allows your child’s doctor to look at the inner lining of the large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, a tissue sample can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be removed. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum.

Medical City Frisco Pediatric Gastrointenstinal Services offer outpatient services for the evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with gastrointestinal disorders. Patients served by this program include, but are not limited to, patients with conditions such as: