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Gastrointestinal (GI) & Nutritional Conditions We Treat

We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing and treating disorders that affect digestion and nutrition. The following is a list of many conditions we treat.

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The most common cause of intestinal obstruction in children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years, when one segment of the intestine slips inside another.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A group of symptoms affecting the large intestine (large bowel), usually including pain, cramping, bloating and changes in bowel movement habits.


Yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes due to an abnormally high level of bilirubin in the bloodstream, which is then excreted through the kidneys.

Lactose Intolerance

A condition in which a lack of an enzyme called lactase causes the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk products.

Liver Encephalopathy

A condition in which confusion, mental dullness, drowsiness and even coma can be caused by a failure of the liver to function normally.

Liver Enlargement

Liver enlargement, also known as enlarged liver, or hepatomegaly, is a larger than normal swelling of the liver, and can be caused by many conditions.

Liver Failure

Also called hepatic insufficiency, when the liver can no longer produce bile, filter blood, store vitamins, iron, glucose, break down hemoglobin, insulin, and old red blood cells.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

A chronic condition most often seen after the onset of puberty, usually indicated by the elevation of heart rate upon standing, causing dizziness and palpitations.

Stool Retention

Lack of bowel movements, usually caused by both environmental and behavioral factors, resulting in impaction and accidental leakage.

Ulcerative Colitis

An inflammatory bowel disease in which the inner lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum become inflamed.


A reflex that often causes the contents of the stomach to come out of the mouth, caused by a variety of problems such as viruses.