Our program embraces a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric pancreatic care, incorporating a broad range of expertise, from a gastroenterologist specializing in pediatric pancreatology to a surgeon skilled in complex pediatric procedures. Our team also includes endoscopists with expertise in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), pain specialists, endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and dieticians. Our specialists are involved in nationally recognized research, as well as developing national and international pediatric guidelines for acute and chronic pancreatitis.
Patients come to the Advanced Pancreatic Care Program from across the region to receive expert diagnosis and advanced care for acute, recurrent and chronic pancreatitis, as well as pancreatic tumors, pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic birth defects and/or anatomical abnormalities.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
Associated with the Advanced Pancreatic Care Program, Children’s is home to the largest volume pediatric ERCP center in the region and is one of only a few pediatric programs in the country to offer this service. ERCP is most commonly performed to diagnose disorders of the pancreas or bile ducts. The test, which uses a camera or endoscope to view a child’s esophagus, stomach and small intestine, may be used to evaluate symptoms suggestive of pancreatic and/or biliary disease, or further clarify abnormal laboratory or imaging results. In patients with pancreatitis or suspected pancreatic disease, ERCP can also help determine, or eliminate, the need for surgery, especially in cases of abdominal trauma. ERCP is also a safe and effective way to remove bile duct stones or aid with abnormal liver function tests after a liver transplant.
In addition to ERCP, we offer other advanced endoscopy procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound and advanced surgical services, such as the Whipple procedure and Peustow procedure.
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