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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Biliary Atresia

    Biliary atresia occurs when the ducts (tubes) that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder are blocked. This blockage can be life-threatening if it is not treated. The first symptom of biliary atresia in newborns is jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes.
  • Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM)

    Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) is a lung disorder that babies are born with. With CCAM, part of the lung is replaced by a cystic piece of abnormal tissue that does not function. CCAM is also known as congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM). The primary treatment is surgery.
  • A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is an abnormal opening that forms in a baby’s diaphragm.
  • Constipation is often defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times a week. Other symptoms include hard stools, difficulty or straining when passing stools and pain during a bowel movement.
  • Crohn’s is a common type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the immune system attacks the intestines or other parts of the digestive tract.
  • When heartburn causes stomach acid to leak into the esophagus, it can damage the esophagus and lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes a hole in a baby’s abdominal wall. When this occurs, the baby’s intestines protrude from the body on one side of the umbilical cord. 
  • Head and neck tumors are those that grow in the nose, sinuses, mouth (oral cavity), throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), salivary glands, lymph nodes in the neck, thyroid gland or parathyroid glands. They can be cancerous or noncancerous (benign).
  • Hiatal Hernia

    A hiatal hernia, also known as diaphragmatic hernia, is a condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm. It is possible to have a hiatal hernia with no symptoms. But some people have heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Medicine can help relieve symptoms of hiatal hernias. Losing weight, not smoking and avoiding heavy meals can also help. If medicine and lifestyle changes do not work, surgical treatment is an option.
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease

    Hirschsprung’s disease is a genetic disorder in which certain nerves are missing from a person’s intestines. These missing nerves are responsible for moving stool along the intestines. This absence of nerves causes people with Hirschsprung’s disease to experience chronic constipation and obstructed intestines.
  • A hydrocele is a sac of fluid in the scrotum, the pouch of skin under the penis. The fluid surrounds the testicle, making it look swollen.
  • Inguinal Hernia

    Inguinal hernia is when tissue bulges through a weak area of abdominal muscle, potentially causing pain and other symptoms. Although the hernia is not life-threatening, it will not get better or go away on its own. Surgical repair will likely be recommended if the hernia is painful or grows.
  • Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in the nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord. It most often affects children under the age of 5 and begins in the adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys.
  • Omphalocele is a rare birth defect that occurs when muscles in a baby’s abdominal wall do not close properly. This causes the intestines or other abdominal organs to protrude from the belly button, with just a thin sac protecting them. Many babies completely recover and may or may not require surgery immediately at birth.
  • Ovarian Cysts

    Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that grow on or inside of the ovaries. There are several types. Functional cysts (including follicle cysts and corpus luteum cysts) are the most common and usually go away on their own. Other types include endometriomas (which form in women with endometriosis), cystadenomas and dermoid cysts.
  • Pectus Excavatum

    Pectus excavatum is a deformity of the rib cage that causes the breastbone (sternum) to cave in. It results in a sunken chest wall, which some people call funnel chest. A variety of surgical procedures are available to repair pectus excavatum, which is usually present at birth.
  • Pilonidal disease, also called pilonidal dimple, develops in the crease between the buttocks. It can result in an abscess, cyst or pit.
  • Pyloric Stenosis

    Pyloric stenosis is the narrowing of the opening between the stomach and the small intestine. This condition can prevent food from moving normally out of the stomach, which in turn can cause vomiting and other symptoms. Pyloric stenosis most commonly occurs in babies younger than 6 months old.
  • Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

    Thyroglossal duct cyst is a small lump in the center or front of the neck that can occur if the thyroglossal duct does not fully disappear — as it should — during an embryo’s development. These cysts typically appear in young children and can grow over time, potentially causing swallowing or breathing problems.
  • Ulcerative colitis is a common type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine.
  • An umbilical hernia is when an abdominal organ protrudes through the skin surrounding the belly button. It generally looks like a soft rounded protrusion around the belly button.
  • Wilms tumor is a rare form of kidney cancer that affects children — typically newborns and young children.