Pediatric Endoscopy

At Stanford Children’s Health, we have a high-volume, expert endoscopy center dedicated to pediatric patients of all ages. We ensure your child’s comfort and safety throughout the procedure, and we provide accurate results that empower you to understand your child’s condition and decide the best care path moving forward. 

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that’s performed to diagnose or treat a medical problem. With endoscopy, doctors use an endoscope to view the digestive system and detect gastrointestinal conditions via biopsy, helping you find answers to troubling symptoms your child may be having. There are two types of endoscopies, including upper endoscopy and lower endoscopy, along with capsule endoscopy.

What is an endoscope?

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tool with a tiny, high-definition video camera and light source on one end. At Stanford Children’s Health, we use the latest, top-of-the-line scopes that have both photo and video capabilities. The endoscope can be passed into the GI tract through the mouth or the rectum to examine and diagnose gastrointestinal conditions. The endoscope can also be equipped with tiny tools that enable physicians to perform tasks, such as taking biopsies (small tissue samples) or removing polyps or foreign objects. With advanced endoscopy, even more precise diagnostics and treatments are performed.

Why Stanford Children’s Health for endoscopy?

Because our team of experts performs a large number of endoscopies each year, we are extremely adept at completing the procedure and understanding the results. All of our providers are pediatric gastroenterologists who are familiar with a child’s anatomy. We use the very latest scopes with the most advanced technology for accurate results, and we put safety above all else.