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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain ranges from less serious to severe, depending on the cause.  Mild cases of abdominal pain can be explained by anything from constipation to food allergies and stomach flu.  More concerning cases are caused such conditions as appendicitis, obstructed bowels, kidney stones, or ulcers.  If the abdominal pain is less serious, home remedies can be taken, such as taking antacids or sipping water and waiting for the discomfort to pass.  More serious pain may require a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, ultrasound, or CT scan.  Steps can be taken to avoid cases of abdominal pain, and these are eating smaller meals throughout the day, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, and keeping to a healthy diet. 

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Gastroenterology + Nutrition

The Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Division at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston provides expert GI diagnosis and treatment for children.
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General Pediatrics Practice

Find top pediatric primary care physicians in Boston, MA at Floating Hospital for Children. Our doctors offer comprehensive care services for younger patients.
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Doctors + Care Team

Lynne Karlson, MD

Lynne Karlson, MD

Title(s): Chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5255
Fax #: 617-636-7719

General pediatrics, diagnostic problems, lead poisoning

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Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Co-Director, Food Allergy Center at Floating Hospital for Children; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Abdominal pain, acid reflux, food allergies, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

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Andrew C. Siesennop, MD

Andrew C. Siesennop, MD

Title(s): Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5255
Fax #: 617-636-7719

General pediatrics, adolescent medicine

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Garrett Zella, MD

Garrett Zella, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General gastroenterology and nutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal complications of neurologic disease

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Haiyun Gong, MD

Haiyun Gong, MD

Title(s): Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-1337
Fax #: 617-636-7719

General pediatrics, adolescent medicine

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Khoa D. Tran, MD

Khoa D. Tran, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Neurogastroenterology, motility, general pediatric gastroenterology, chronic constipation, gastro-esophageal reflux/pH studies

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Marcella C. Radano, MD

Marcella C. Radano, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General pediatric gastroenterology, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disease of the GI tract

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Mary E. Brown, MD, MS

Mary E. Brown, MD, MS

Title(s): Pediatrician; Director, Pediatrics Clerkship; Tufts University School of Medicine; Director of Continuity Clinics, Pediatric Residency Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5255
Fax #: 617-636-7719

General pediatrics, chronically ill pediatric patients, medical education

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Sarah Reich, MD

Sarah Reich, MD

Title(s): Pediatrician
Department(s): Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Center for Youth Wellness
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3381
Fax #: 617-636-7719

General pediatrics, childhood obesity

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Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have high quality care.

Quality + Safety

A world-class pediatric teaching hospital shouldn’t make you and your child feel small.  At Floating Hospital for Children our littlest patients are our biggest priority. This means we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care in a safe, friendly environment.

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Floating Ranks With the Best

The Leapfrog Group gave Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center an “A” rating for outstanding patient safety in 2014.

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A Fresh Breath of Air

Floating Hospital for Children began its life as a hospital ship in the Boston Harbor in 1894 before coming onshore permanently in 1931.

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