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. 

Programs + Services


Gastroenterology + Nutrition

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

Find a full range of pediatric primary care services, and physicians with expertise dealing with issues affecting adolescents at Tufts Children's Hospital's General Pediatrics Practice. Learn more about the services offered and request an appointment today.
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Doctors + Care Team

Garrett Zella, MD

Garrett Zella, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; 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, other general pediatric GI and nutrition disorders

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Andrew C. Siesennop, MD

Andrew C. Siesennop, MD

Accepting New Patients

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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Haiyun Gong, MD

Haiyun Gong, MD

Accepting New Patients

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

Accepting New Patients

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, other general pediatric GI and nutrition disorders

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Lynne Karlson, MD

Lynne Karlson, MD

Title(s): Pediatrician; 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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Marcella C. Radano, MD

Marcella C. Radano, MD

Accepting New Patients

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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