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Mr. Thiru S. Arasu MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 3.64 stars (14 ratings)
15045 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu sees patients in Tampa, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Lakeland, FL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, Dr. Arasu performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Colonoscopy

Mr. Joseph Rene Ignacio MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Ignacio works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ignacio attended Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Greg Christopher Kaiser MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 3.96 stars (14 ratings)
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Greg Kaiser is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Kaiser is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Karina Irizarry MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 3.66 stars (3 ratings)
5205 E Fletcher Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Karina Irizarry works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Irizarry speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Irizarry accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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