Clinical activity

The Gastroenterology Unit is equipped with a hospital ward, outpatient departments, day hospital and digestive endoscopy service and is specialised in the treatment of the main adult gastroenterological diseases.

The Unit represents at national level a point of reference for the diagnostic-therapeutic management of chronic inflammatory diseases, functional gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and constipation, and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

The Gastroenterology Unit is one of the Reference Centres for the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases. Preferential routes are provided for access to the Endoscopy, Radiology, inpatient and day hospital department. The clinical activity dedicated to inflammatory bowel diseases also includes a multidisciplinary pathway involving specialist experts in various fields (rheumatology, immunology, dermatology, ophthalmology, psychology) and makes use of the contribution of expert nutritionists for the formulation of therapeutic plans.

The Unit has generic and specialist clinics:

  • Gastroenterology clinic (main gastro-intestinal diseases including neoplastic or pre-neoplastic lesions of the stomach and colon, intestinal malabsorption syndromes, celiac disease)
    • Digestive Physiopathology Clinic (high resolution oesophageal manometry and pH-impedance)
    • Clinical nutrition Unit
  • Ambulatory chronic inflammatory diseases clinic (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, undifferentiated colitis)
  • Functional Intestinal Pathology – chronic constipation – Outpatient Clinic
  • Diagnostic endoscopy

Research fields

  • Visceral sensitivity in oesophageal and gastrointestinal functional and organic pathologies
  • Immunomodulation of intestinal motility
  • Nutritional aspects of gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Experimentation and use of new drugs: The Centre is engaged in research activities for new treatments or diagnostic and/or therapeutic strategies for patients suffering from chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases

Clinical and research collaboration

  • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London (Great Britain)
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (USA)
  • National Institute of Health, Rome
  • Agostino Gemelli University Hospital, Rome
  • Bologna University
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)