Many of the digestive disorders seen in adults begin in kids and teens. Providing better treatments early in life would not only help help children and their families, but would also help avoid much pain, suffering and expense later on in life. While we have seen many advances in understanding functional GI and motility disorders in kids and teens, much more remains to be done. Development of improved treatments in pediatrics is a particular challenge.

Research Needs

Funds are often lacking to support research of disorders in children. Adequate resources would spur new investigations and attract young talent to the GI field. Carlo Di Lorenzo MD, Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital of Columbus Ohio, talks about these challenges and the needs for resources to find better treatments. 

Treatment Advances and Needs: Functional Disorders

In this segment, Dr. Di Lorenzo talks about advances in understanding of the functional disorders and challenges to developing improved treatments. 

Treatment Advances and Needs: Motility Disorders

Hirschsprung’s disease and intestinal pseudo-obstruction are relatively uncommon motility disorders. Severity can range from mild to extreme. In this video Dr. Di Lorenzo talks about progress in diagnosing and treating the disorders using surgical techniques. Effective drug treatments are yet to be found. Electrical stimulation or pacing shows promise for treatment.

Improving the Treatment Model

In this video, Lynn Walker PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN talks about the need for better understanding, ways to improve existing treatment options, and how the IFFGD symposium, held every 2 years, helps advance understandings in the field.

Recurrent abdominal pain in children and adolescents

Dr. Walker is a behavioral scientist, clinician, and educator. Here she discusses strategies for helping families and children or adolescents deal with managing chronic pain conditions that affect the bowel such as IBS or IBD. Managing pain, going to school, dealing with bathroom issues, and explaining what is wrong to peers are all challenging issues that confront the patient and the family.

Advancing the treatment model

In this segment, Dr. Walker talks about new approaches being investigated to treat recurrent abdominal pain, and the need for wider availability of existing treatment options.

About these videos

Interviews with IFFGD taped at the 7th International Symposium on Functional GI Disorders held in Milwaukee, WI in April 2007.