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Introduction The aim of this booklet is to give you basic information about your child’s gastrostomy tube and how to care for the tube. It is natural that you may be a little apprehensive at this stage but there will be a nurse available to answer any questions you may have. What is a...

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Why does my child need this test? Your child needs this test so that the doctors can check the lining of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum and also take biopsies to confirm or discount particular diagnoses. There is no other way to get such a clear idea of the condition of this part of...

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What is an impedance study? An impedance study is a test which can be performed either awake on the ward or under general anaesthetic. It consists of a fine probe that measures the movement of liquid and air up and down the food pipe. Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) occurs when stomach contents,...

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What is gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)? When we eat and drink, the food and drink moves down our food pipe, called the oesophagus. It goes into the stomach where acid is released and mixes with the food to help break it down and begin the process of digestion. For some, this mixture can...

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What is a Bravo capsule? The Bravo capsule is the latest form of technology to help diagnose gastroesophgeal reflux disease (GERD). Gastroesophgeal reflux is a common disorder where the contents of the stomach flow back up the food pipe, causing frequent feelings of pain and discomfort in the middle...

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What is a wireless capsule endoscopy? A wireless capsule endoscopy is a term used to describe a small capsule (PillCam) which is used to record pictures of the small bowel. It is a useful tool in diagnosing the cause of unknown bleeding in the intestine and other gastrointestinal disorders such as...

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Why does my child need this medicine? Infliximab is a medicine used to help keep symptoms of your child’s inflammatory bowel disease under control. Your child will have tried other medicines which have not worked and the doctor feels that this medicine may help. What is infliximab? Infliximab is a...

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Why have I been started on methotrexate? Methotrexate is used in patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis to induce and maintain remission. The doctor prescribing methotrexate feels that either your child has not tolerated other medications well or they have not worked. How does...

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Why do I need to have this medicine? You are due to have a procedure that requires a specialist doctor to have a look inside your colon (intestine) using an endoscope: a small, flexible camera. So that the doctor can see the lining of your intestine clearly, a special medicine is required to clear...

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Why does my child need this test? Your child needs this test so that the doctors can check the lining of the large intestine and take biopsies to confirm or rule out particular diagnoses. There is no other way to get such a clear idea of the condition of your child’s intestine. What is a…...

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