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Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Introduction of department

The Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition treats children with chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, and manages nutritional diseases such as poor growth and obesity. In particular, it mainly treats patients who need endoscopy or have disease such as inflammatory bowel disease (Cron's disease, ulcerative colitis), allergic gastroenteritis, chronic hepatitis, Cholestatic Liver Diseases, and special diseases (Wilson's disease, Glycogen storage disease, Liver transplantation).

We run specialized clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, which is rapidly increasing in children. In order to provide the best treatment and management for all children and adolescents in the region, we are fulfilling our responsibilities as a children's hospital by providing up-to-date information through the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Inflammatory Bowel Disease Network. During the vacation, we also provide education programs for patients and guardians. Rare and intractable diseases related to digestive organs are closely diagnosed and managed by Professor Hwang Soo-kyung, who is in charge of genetic metabolic diseases, and we are reporting the world's first extremely rare disease.

Since 1996, the field of pediatric endoscopy has been equipped with the latest equipment, including neonatal endoscopy, and has performed all kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy safely. Endoscopy is available also in the operating room or intensive care unit. In particular, the neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit have established infrastructure to enable ultrasound and endoscopy to be performed next to the patient's bed at any time. We have weekly discussions with pediatric imaging and pathology departments to make the best diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • A
    Our service offers care for neonates, infants, children and young adults with a wide variety of conditions:
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    General gastrointestinal conditions which include:
    Chronic refractory constipation
    Crohn's disease
    Cystic fibrosis associated gastrointestinal disease
    Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders
    Food allergy
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    Helicobacter pylori
    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
    Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
    Malabsorption disorders
    Motility disorders
    Pancreatitis: Acute and chronic
    Ulcerative colitis
    Irritable Bowel syndrome
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    Liver conditions which include
    Acute liver failure
    Autoimmune hepatitis
    Biliary atresia
    Fatty liver disease
    Metabolic liver disease
    Primary sclerosing cholangitis
    Viral hepatitis
    Wilson's disease
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    Complex nutritional conditions which include :
    Intestinal failure
    Nutritional programs associated with other complex disorders (eg. oncological, immunological,
    gastrointestinal conditions)
    Short bowel syndrome
  • B
    Investigations and treatments
    We offer a comprehensive variety of investigations and treatments :
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    Investigations :
    Capsule endoscopy
    MR/CT enteroscopy
    gastroscopy and colonoscopy
    TDM (therapeutic drug monitoring) of IBD medication
    FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel (22 targets), Fecal calprotectin
    Next Generation Sequencing, Diagnostic Exome Sequencing
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    Exclusive enteral nutrition
    Therapeutic endoscopy
    PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, tube and button type)
    Liver biopsy
    Liver transplantation
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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease service
    The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service provides care for over 200 complex IBD patients and is one of the largest units in Korea. We provide comprehensive care for our patients from the point of referral right through to diagnosis, treatment and long term management.


  • Choi, Sujin
    • Department
      • Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
    • Specialty
        1. Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary diseases, nutritional diseases
  • Kang, Ben
    • Department
      • Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Pediatirc Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic
    • Specialty
        1. Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), Gastrointestinal diseases, Pediatric endoscopy
  • Choe, Byung-ho
    • Department
      • Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Pediatirc Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Rare Disease Clinic
    • Specialty
        1. Gastrointestinal and liver disease, Therapeutic endoscopy