Gastrointestinal Motility & Functional Bowel Disorders

The Gastrointestinal Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders Program provides diagnosis, second opinions and high-quality care to children suffering from abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation or nausea. Most of these symptoms are related to conditions that are considered functional and without structural, inflammatory, infectious or metabolic causes. Management of these symptoms in children may be challenging and tests may be normal even in severe cases. Other times, children’s symptoms may result from complex gastrointestinal motility problems that require further investigation.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

The program team takes the biopsychosocial model approach to care. This model is based on the concept that the child’s symptoms may not result from a single cause but from many different factors that interact with each other. We believe that testing and treatment should be individualized for each child’s needs and be respectful of family values. Our model of care includes discussing testing strategies, results and treatment with families and children.

Our program also includes an additional specialty program, the Postoperative Anorectal Continence Evaluation program (PACE), to treat patients with Hirschsprung disease and anorectal malformations.  Clinical experts from Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Pediatric Surgery collaborate to serve the growing number of patients with these conditions. We offer post-operative intervention for patients to help them lead a normal lifestyle. Learn about the PACE program.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

Learn More

In some instances manometry procedures might need to be done. Learn about the different kinds of procedures that may be done.

Philanthropy

Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.