Pediatric colorectal disorders comprise rare developmental defects as anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease, which require highly specialized care for optimal functional outcomes. Impaired bowel function needs to be treated properly, but still may affect social functioning and quality of life. Knowledge is limited with respect to outcomes up to adulthood. Our research group has focused on clinical outcome studies and epidemiological studies. We cooperate with several centers nationally and internationally.
Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in children. Standard treatment for appendicitis is appendectomy. In recent years this approach has been questionned and several studies have shown than non-perforated acute appendicits can be treated with antibiotics in adults. We recently published a pilot RCT showing that this is safe and feasible also in children. Furthermore, our research group is doing clinical outcome studies, epidemiological and bacteriological studies on acute appendicitis in children.