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Pediatric Gastroenterology

Includes specialty programs: Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic / Myelodysplasia Clinic / Cystic Fibrosis Center

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Overview

We combine our expertise in pediatric gastrointestinal diseases with advanced diagnostics and therapies to provide the highest quality medical care to infants, children and teens with digestive problems. We focus on concerns unique to pediatric patients, including growth, physical and emotional development, and age-related social issues.

Only one focus: kids.

Children are not just small adults. Their growing bodies have unique medical needs. They usually express their concerns differently than adults. They cannot always answer medical questions and aren't always able to be patient and cooperative. We know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative.

And we're experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of GI disorders such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease.

Between 10 and 15 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 16 experience chronic abdominal pain, defined as 3 or more episodes of stomachache within a 3-month period.

Symptoms of gastrointestinal disease vary in type and severity, but the presence of a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, poor appetite, or waking up frequently in the middle of the night are all signs that something serious may be behind your child’s stomach pain.

We also collaborate with specialists from allergy and immunology to diagnose and treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a complex condition that causes digestive problems but is closely associated with allergies, including food allergies.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Gastroenterology

330-543-4488

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Gastroenterology
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery Street, Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Gastroenterology, Boardman
6505 Market St., Building A, Suite A2100
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Gastroenterology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 S. Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44907
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Gastroenterology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
3443 Medina Road, Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Gastroenterology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center, North Canton
6076 Whipple Ave. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Gastroenterology, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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Gastroenterology, Twinsburg
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
8054 Darrow Road, Suite 3
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
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Gastroenterology, Warren
Akron Children's Health Center, Warren
The Market Place
5000 E. Market St., Suite 29
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Gastroenterology, Wooster
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Subspecialty Care Building
546 Winter St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
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Our Doctors/Providers

Reinaldo Garcia-Naveiro
Reinaldo Garcia-Naviero, MD

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology; Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Christine Carter-Kent
Christine Carter-Kent, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Sirvart Kassabian
Sirvart Kassabian, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Dawn Keilin
Dawn Keilin, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Stephanie Mullin
Stephanie Mullin, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Christine Pasquarella
Christine Pasquarella, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Madhura Phadke
Madhura Phadke, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Kevin Watson
Kevin Watson, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Matthew Wyneski
Matthew Wyneski, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Open Clinical Studies

Comparing silver nitrate application with topical corticosteroids at gastrostomy sites

Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) insertion is one of the most commonly performed procedures in pediatric surgery. Complications from G-tubes are not uncommon and are a frequent reason for pediatric surgery office visits. The development of hyper-granulation tissue around the G-tube site is one of these complications. It is accompanied by chronic drainage and skin breakdown from the G-tube site resulting in localized irritation around the tube. Various treatments exist for hyper-granulation tissue that includes silver nitrate, topical corticosteroids, and intraregional injection of corticosteroids, sprinkling salt, laser therapy and surgical excision. These therapies have not been adequately evaluated to determine which is most effective. There have been no randomized trials comparing any of two of these treatments. The most common treatments are silver nitrate and topical corticosteroids; this study aims to compare the effectiveness of both.

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