A gastrostomy is a feeding tube that is inserted directly into the stomach either surgically under direct vision (open or laproscopic), endoscopically (with a camera), or radiologically (x-ray guidance). A gastrostomy tube allows the delivery of supplemental nutrition and medications directly into the stomach. It also provides a mechanism to drain gastric contents if required. In order for gastrostomy feeding to be successful the child or young person must have a functioning gastrointestinal tract.
A gastrostomy is a surgical opening through the abdomen into the stomach. A feeding device is inserted through this opening. This allows your child to be fed directly into their stomach, bypassing the mouth and throat.
This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the gastroscopy procedure, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for treatment. You may also hear the procedure called an oesophagogastroduodenoscopy or OGD.
A pacemaker keeps your heart beating correctly. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about endocardial pacemakers and why you might need one. It also explains how one is inserted, and the effect it will have on your life afterwards.
A pacemaker keeps your heart beating correctly. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about epicardial pacemakers and why you might need one. It also explains how one is inserted, and the effect it will have on your life afterwards.
Immunosuppressant medicines ‘damp down’ the immune system, with the aim of controlling inflammation.This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of immunosuppressant medicines to treat immune-mediated neurology conditions, how they are given and some of the possible side effects.
This page explains about transgastric jejunal feeding devices (also known as gastrojejunostomy or GJ devices), how they are inserted at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and how you will need to look after it once you return home.
When a baby or child has gastro-oesophageal reflux, the food and drink travels down the foodpipe as normal. However, some of the mixture of food, drink and acid travels back up the foodpipe, instead of passing through to the large and small intestines. As the food and drink is mixed with acid from the stomach, it can irritate the lining of the foodpipe, making it sore. This is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
This information sheet explains the first phase of the assessment process to diagnose lower gastrointestinal dysmotility problems and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for assessment.
Immunoglobulin is also known as IgG or antibody. It is a blood product and is given often as replacement for people who are unable to make their own antibodies. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what immunoglobulin is, why it is used in Neurology, how it is given and some of the possible side effects.
The term cytotoxic drug is used to refer to all drugs with direct anti-tumour activity including anti-cancer drugs, monoclonal antibodies, partially targeted treatments and immunosuppressive drugs.
NOTE: We review our guidelines regularly and this guideline is now past its review date. The content of the guideline below may not reflect the most recent evidence based practice. Please use with caution.
We have an ongoing programme of research, and you or your child may be invited to take part in a research project whilst under the care of the team. This is always entirely voluntary, and whether you choose to participate or not, your clinical care will not be affected. Any information gathered may be used anonymously for research purposes to improve our understanding and lead to better treatments for other children and families in the future.
Prestigious Collaborative Award and Seed Award funding from the Wellcome Trust has been awarded to researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH). The awards will support pioneering laboratory-based research which will help shed light on the underlying genetic and molecular causes of rare childhood conditions.