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Department of pediatric gastroenterology

Dr. Margarita Pich Rosal
pediatric gastroenterology

About the department

The pediatric gastroenterology department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona provides comprehensive care to patients with various gastrointestinal, nutritional and liver disorders. The department offers the most varied and specialized tests to diagnose gastroenterological conditions, including capsule endoscopy and advanced motor procedures using high-resolution equipment. After complex diagnostic measures, doctors choose individual therapy following national and international standards. Paediatricians strive to improve their knowledge and participate in many congresses on pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Experienced doctors and caring medical staff try to create the most friendly atmosphere so that the child and parents feel comfortable.

The gastroenterologists and hepatologists work alongside certified nurse practitioners and nutritionists to help children with chronic abdominal pain, reflux, constipation, vomiting, nausea, etc. The department also treats special conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), biliary atresia, hepatitis, celiac disease, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease, obesity, and short bowel syndrome.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Oesophagal peptic disease
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Constipation and encopresis
  • Malabsorption syndromes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Celiac disease
  • Food allergies
  • Functional diseases
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Diagnostics:

  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical analyzes
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Breath hydrogen test (a diagnostic tool for small intestine bacterial overgrowth)
  • Urea C13 test (for the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria)
  • pH monitoring of the oesophagus
  • Pediatric endoscopy (gastroscopy, colonoscopy)
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Antibacterial therapy 
  • Proton pump inhibitors therapy
  • Targeted therapy 
  • Psychological treatment 
  • Minimally invasive procedures 
  • Surgical treatment
  • Endoscopic procedures 
  • Selection of diet food 
  • Other treatment options 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1978 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona

Experience

  • 1981 Pediatric Specialist of the Autonomous University of Barcelona at the Val d'Hebron Maternal and Child Hospital
  • 1990 - 2002 Collaborating Physician in the Pediatric Gastroenterology Department of the Hospital for Mother and Child Val d'Hebron
  • 1992 Head of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Teknon Medical Center

Awards, memberships, publications

  • An active member of the Catalan Society of Pediatrics
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Member of the Working Group of Pediatric Gastroenterology of the Catalan Society of Pediatrics
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