to treat complications of the digestive system in children, having studied extensively in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of the various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in children. Dr. Mizell is trained to provide comprehensive care for children suffering from complications of this manner, with the ability to direct a multidisciplinary medical team if and when necessary.
Pediatric gastroenterology is a medical specialty that provides medical care to infants, children and adolescents for disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal system (digestive system) and liver. Pediatric gastroenterologists are often consulted when primary care physicians such as family practitioners or pediatricians are unable to diagnose or properly treat a disorder of the digestive system or liver, such as Crohn’s disease or liver disease.
Pediatric gastroenterologists may be consulted to diagnose children suffering from a variety of different symptoms and diseases including chronic diarrhea or constipation, lactose intolerance, vomiting, food intolerance, gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), liver disease and celiac disease, among many other diseases and complications. Pediatric gastroenterologists are also trained in nutrition, and can advise children and parents on healthy diets and food choices to minimize complications of the digestive system.
When diagnosing children for problems of the gastrointestinal system, these physicians employ a host of different procedures and diagnostic tests. These may include utilizing endoscopic procedures to explore the digestive tract (such as a colonoscopy), as well as taking biopsies (tissue samples) to be examined for signs of disease. Often times, pediatric gastroenterologists will work alongside the child’s primary care provider, as well as working closely with parents or guardians to explain the child’s condition and recommended treatment plan.