Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Unit

תמונה ראשית - גסטרואנטרולוגיה ותזונה בילדים

Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Unit

The Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Unit diagnoses and treats children with inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal system including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, congenital and acquired liver disease, and hyperlipidemia (excessive levels of lipids in the blood). The unit aims for early diagnosis and treatment, including supplementary oral or intravenous dietary treatments, to ensure quality of life and normal growth for these children.

The unit comprises a general pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition clinic and puts emphasis on specialized clinics such as inflammatory bowel disease clinic (one of the largest in Israel), a liver clinic, and a lipids clinic. The general clinics serve as a center for diagnosis and treatment of additional diseases of the digestive system such as celiac disease, peptic ulcer and gastrointestinalbleeding, allergies and food intolerance, pancreatic diseases, stomach pain and constipation. Together with Rambam's blood bank, we provide an exclusive treatment using plasmapheresis for treatment of children with homozygotic familial hypercholesterolemia.

The diagnostics and dietary treatments include, among others, treatment of children with growth disorders, malnutrition, short bowel syndrome,eating disorders, food allergies and chronic diarrhea, as well as dietary treatments for children with special needs.

The unit is an integral part of the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. We teach medical students, nursing and nutrition students, interns and pediatric residents on an ongoing basis. In addition, we offer a full fellowship program in Pediatric Gastroenterology. Several medical, MSc, and PhD students do their theses in our unit. The unit is also involved in numerous research projects, primarily clinical research, but also basic science research in collaboration with Technion researchers. The unit participates in most pharma-initiated studies in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, as well as several investigator-initiated international studies as part of the European and North American groups.