Topical Collection "Controversies in Pediatric Digestive Diseases"


A topical collection in Children (ISSN 2227-9067).


Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sari Acra
D. Brent Polk Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 2200 Children’s Way, 9214 Doctors’ Office Tower, Nashville, TN 37232-9175, USA
Phone: +1 615 343 9034
Interests: diarrheal disorders; functional dyspepsia; GERD; aerodigestive disorders; inflammatory bowel diseases; nutritional disorder

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition are rapidly-evolving and diverse/complex disciplines. Our knowledge in several key areas has expanded exponentially over the last decade, including greater insight into the etiology and management of eosinophilic esophagitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, deciphering the role of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease, and insight into the epidemiology and management of the obesity epidemic engulfing us. While several challenges in these disciplines have been overcome, others remain open for debate and investigation. This collection in Children will act as a forum to discuss and promulgate knowledge about incompletely understood or controversial areas in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Both reviews and original research contributions will be considered for publication. Examples could include manuscripts that address the pathogenicity of C. difficile in infants, the role of patch testing in evaluating food allergens in eosinophilic esophagitis, among other timely but controversial topics.

I look forward to receiving your contributions!

Prof. Dr. Sari Acra
Guest Editor


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  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • GERD
  • inflammatory bowel disease/ IBD
  • obesity
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • c. difficile
  • microbiome
  • nutrition
  • malnutrition
  • hepatology
  • hepatitis
  • fatty liver disease

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2014  ( 2 papers )

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Children 2015, 2(4), 403-411; doi:10.3390/children2040403
Received: 26 June 2015 / Revised: 31 August 2015 / Accepted: 23 September 2015 / Published: 14 October 2015
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Children 2015, 2(3), 358-370; doi:10.3390/children2030358
Received: 3 June 2015 / Revised: 11 July 2015 / Accepted: 14 July 2015 / Published: 31 July 2015
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Children 2015, 2(1), 89-97; doi:10.3390/children2010089
Received: 30 January 2015 / Revised: 10 March 2015 / Accepted: 11 March 2015 / Published: 17 March 2015
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Children 2014, 1(1), 40-47; doi:10.3390/children1010040
Received: 14 April 2014 / Accepted: 26 May 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
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Children 2014, 1(1), 31-39; doi:10.3390/children1010031
Received: 4 February 2014 / Revised: 2 April 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 28 May 2014
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Last update: 19 October 2015

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