Functional gastrointestinal disorders is a term covering a variety of conditions of the GI tract manifested by one or more dysphoric symptoms, including chronic abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or nausea. Despite these physical symptoms, the essential physiology for growth and development is otherwise normal. These conditions frustrate parents and clinicians alike because there are no blood tests that diagnose them and pharmacologic treatments often fall short of relieving the problems that the child is experiencing.

Under the leadership of Arthur de Lorimier, M.D., the UC Davis Children's Hospital is launching a Functional GI Disorders program. Dr. de Lorimier brings 24 years of experience as a military clinician and pediatric gastroenterologist with training in motility studies of the bowel as well as medical acupuncture. This program will provide comprehensive care with diagnostic approaches and treatments individualized to the patient needs. In addition to traditional diagnostic and therapeutic options in the care of patients, this program also provides alternative treatments that include medical acupuncture.

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