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Liver biopsy

The liver is the largest organ in the body and is located in the top right hand side of the abdomen. It makes proteins that travel around in the blood, and also breaks down waste products so they can be passed out in urine (wee) or faeces (poo). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what happens when your child has a liver biopsy. 

Glomuvenous malformations

A glomuvenous malformation is a type of vascular malformation made of abnormal accumulations of blood vessels and glomus body cells. This leaflet explains about glomuvenous malformations, what causes them and how they can be treated. It also explains what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital for assessment and treatment.

Cleft palate repair

Cleft palate repair is an operation to repair defects of the hard and soft palate. This page explains about the operation to repair a cleft palate and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

pH impedance study 

A pH impedance study measures movement of liquid and air up and down the oesophagus (the food pipe between the mouth and the stomach). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the pH impedance study, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for the test.

MIBG scan

An MIBG scan is used to look for uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth in the body. It works by injecting a substance called an isotope into your child’s veins. The MIBG scan is named after the chemical ‘iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine’ or MIBG for short, to which the isotope is attached.

Referrals to the Psychological Medicine Service & National Tourette Syndrome Clinic

We are happy to receive internal or external referrals from professionals, where there are concerns about the mental health of a child with physical illness/symptoms. Other members of the department may be involved in the assessment and treatment of children and families depending on individual needs. Psychological Medicine Team Assessment and Intervention Service (including Liaison Mental Health) Referral Criteria for Outpatient appointments.

‘Highly resistant bugs’ – antibiotic resistance and Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about antibiotic resistance and Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) bacteria and why this has become a worldwide public health issue. It explains how these organisms are passed on and what we are doing at GOSH to
reduce the chance of them spreading.


When a person’s breathing and heart stops, this is called cardiopulmonary arrest. To help re-start the breathing and heart, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be used. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes what CPR involves and how the decision whether or not to try CPR is reached.

A decade of research and innovation

We are committed to providing better treatment and cures for children with complex and rare conditions around the world through research and innovation. In partnership with UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH), we form part of Europe’s largest academic centre for research and education in children’s health and disease. Join us as we look back at 10 years of innovation!

Reveal LINQ™ recording devices

Reveal LINQ™ devices are heart monitors about the size of a memory stick that continually record your heart’s activity over long periods of time. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about your Reveal LINQ™ recording device and what to expect when you come to GOSH to have one fitted.