Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Osteogenesis imperfecta and physical education and exercise

Participation in sports and exercise is recommended for children and young people with OI to promote general fitness, muscle strengthening and bones becoming stronger. Playing sports and exercising can be daunting due to the risk of fracture; however, there are many activities that children and young people with OI can participate in safely. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gives some suggestions.

Skin biopsy (punch method)

A punch skin biopsy is a short procedure to remove a small piece of skin for examination under a microscope or to grow cells. These cells can be tested for abnormalities of the DNA or to show whether a specific chemical reaction can or cannot take place.This page explains about a skin biopsy (punch method) and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to have this procedure.

Central venous access devices for children with lysosomal storage disorders

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about central venous access devices, particularly for children with lysosomal storage disorders. Some lysosomal storage disorders can be treated with enzyme replacement therapy. This needs to be given directly into the blood stream. To do this, we will put a central venous access device into one of your child’s veins. This gives easy access to your child’s bloodstream so that your child can have enzyme replacement therapy.

Pain relief using Entonox®

When coming into hospital, children, young people and their families are often worried that they may be in pain. Entonox® is a gas – a mixture of half oxygen and half nitrous oxide that is used for pain relief. Entonox® can also be called ‘gas and air’ or ‘laughing gas’. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains how Entonox® works, when it is most suitable and what to expect when your child uses Entonox® for pain relief.