Conditions we treat

Use the search box below to learn more about the conditions we treat at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Undescended testicles

This is when the child’s testicles are not in their usual place in the scrotum. Generally, only one of the testicles is affected, but on rare occasions, both testicles fail to travel to the scrotum. This page explains about undescended testicles, how they can be treated and what to expect when the child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Hernia

Hernias develop when there is a weak area in the abdomen or a small opening in the abdominal muscles, causing the tissues below to bulge. Both children and adults can have hernias.

Oesophageal atresia with tracheo-oesophageal fistula

Oesophageal atresia (OA) is a rare condition where a short section at the top of the oesophagus (gullet or foodpipe) has not formed properly so is not connected to the stomach. This means food cannot pass from the throat to the stomach. Tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) is another rare condition, which tends to occur alongside oesophageal atresia. This is where part of the oesophagus is joined to the trachea (windpipe). This page explains about oesophageal atresia and tracheooesophageal fistula, how they are treated and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Intussusception

Intussusception is a condition where the bowel ‘telescopes’ in on itself. This causes the bowel walls to press on one another, blocking the bowel. This can lead to reduced blood flow to that part of the bowel. It is a bit like a getting a sock turned inside itself. This page explains about intussusception, how it is treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Exomphalos

Exomphalos is a type of abdominal wall defect. It occurs when a child’s abdomen does not develop fully while in the womb. This page explains about exomphalos or omphalocele, what causes it and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Duodenal atresia

Duodenal atresia means the duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine just beyond the stomach, is closed off rather than being a tube. This stops food and fluid passing from the stomach into the intestines.This page explains about duodenal atresia, how it is treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Diaphragmatic hernia

The diaphragm is a curved muscle that separates the contents of the chest from the abdomen (tummy). Diaphragmatic hernias occur when the diaphragm does not form completely, leaving a hole.This page explains about diaphragmatic hernias, how they are treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Anorectal anomaly

An anorectal anomaly is a disorder affecting the anus and the rectum, the last part of the digestive system.This page explains about anorectal anomaly, how it can be treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).