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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Research and Innovation

Many children and adolescents with GI disorders have painful and often embarrassing symptoms while others endure debilitating conditions that threaten their life and their way of living. Although some therapies provide temporary relief, long-term solutions often remain merely a hope.

Pediatric GI research is vital, as gastrointestinal disorders are very common among children, have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of affected patients and their families, and have enormous financial cost.

In addition to outstanding clinical care, GI research is also a priority at Nationwide Children’s. Clinicians and scientists currently receive more than $5 million annually in external funding to perform gastrointestinal research.

Clinical Studies

Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside.

Browse current research studies being conducted at Nationwide Children’s related to Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

GI Research Areas of Focus

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Diagnostic Testing for Rumination Syndrome is Frequent, Expensive and Often Unhelpful
The average patient in a recent study underwent almost nine tests at a cost of nearly $20,000, when diagnosis should be based on clinical symptoms and may require little or no testing.

Are Children With Celiac Disease at an Increased Risk for Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders?
Researchers find a similar prevalence of functional abdominal pain disorders in children and adolescents with celiac disease on a gluten-free diet and controls.

New Guidelines for Anorectal and Colonic Manometry in Children
The first consensus statement of its kind in 14 years — led by ANMS and endorsed by NASPGHAN — updates best practices for two common pediatric motility tests.

Use Caution When Putting Kids on a Gluten-Free Diet
A gluten-free diet makes diagnosing underlying conditions difficult and can leave potential, long-term consequences unaddressed.

When Should Kids With Severe Functional Constipation Have Surgery?
A protocol developed by pediatric surgeons and gastroenterologists allows patients to receive specific surgical interventions that will be most beneficial – and allows many patients originally referred for surgery to avoid it altogether.

Why SILS is an Acceptable Option for Kids with Crohn’s
Study compares ileocecectomy outcomes of single incision laparoscopic versus open surgery.

Legitimizing Functional Nausea
While a “true entity,” the condition can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Probing for Links Between Psychotropic Drugs and Severe Liver Disease
Case studies lay out concerns; researchers urge careful monitoring.

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