For children with gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders, eating and digesting often becomes uncomfortable — even painful — and malnourishment is a risk. The child’s esophagus, stomach or intestines don't function normally, but the cause can be hard to pinpoint, making both diagnosis and treatment difficult. Many of these children don’t show outward symptoms of their conditions, but the stress and embarrassment they cause is significant.
Launched in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from the Braman and Lustgarten families, the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility provides diagnostic resources and integrated patient-centered services, including:
Such a full spectrum of services is not available at most children's hospitals.
It is the ongoing collaboration of a multidisciplinary team at Children's Hospital that provides comprehensive care for your child, the fullest support for your family and positive outcomes for the range of functional GI motility disorders.
Gastroenterologists with special expertise in motility diseases evaluate and direct the management of care of children with these conditions. They work with the assistance of nurses, nutritionists and physicians from throughout the Hospital.
Physicians and scientists from the Lustgarten Center for GI Motility are recognized leaders in both laboratory and clinical research on functional GI disorders. As a major referral center caring for a large number of children each year, we are able to draw upon a vast pool of data for our research efforts.
The presence of leading researchers in all areas of pediatrics at Children's Hospital encourages multidisciplinary collaboration.
Learn more about our groundbreaking research.
Updated: October 2012