Neurogastroenterology is the medical discipline that specialises in diagnosing and treating abnormalities in gut neuromuscular function and brain-gut interactions. Many patients suffer with gut disorders related to eating, sensitivity, pain and evacuation, which are often associated with abnormalities in how the nervous systems in the brain and the gut communicate with each other. These can result in heartburn, swallowing difficulties, chest pain, stomach pain, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea and difficult defaecation.
The Neurogastroenterology Diagnostic Centre at The Princess Grace Hospital is an exciting new service that will improve patients’ access to state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques. Accessible to UK-based and international patients, the new centre will provide a combination of world-class facilities, cutting-edge technology and internationally renowned clinicians and scientists, and set a new standard for diagnostic excellence.
In the past five years, there have been many diagnostic advances for studying gut neuromuscular function and brain-gut interactions. One such technology is the state-of-the-art SmartPill GI Monitoring System, which is new at The Princess Grace Hospital and measures whole gut and regional gut (stomach, small bowel and colon) transit times. Patients swallow the SmartPill capsule, which passes through the GI tract by muscle contractions and transfers data continuously for five days or more to a data receiver that is worn on the body. It is typically passed out of the body within a few days. The results are used for the evaluation of gastroparesis, chronic constipation and suspected pan-intestinal disorders.
If you have neurogastroenterological treatment at The Princess Grace Hospital, you will benefit from:
- Access to the latest diagnostic advances and leading specialists
- New technologies such as the SmartPill capsule, which offer improved results from our investigations and help clinicians make informed decisions about tailored management strategies for conditions that are difficult to treat.
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