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Gastroenterology

Center for Small Bowel Disease

The small intestine (small bowel) is a tubular structure between the stomach and the large intestine that absorbs the nutrients in your food. Defects in the small intestine can cause an assortment of problems, which is why we've created the Center for Small Bowel Disease at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston.

What we treat

The Center for Small Bowel Disease has all the latest technology to treat your condition, whatever it may be.  Here are some visible diseases of the small intestine that we treat:

  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    • Dieulafoy Lesions
    • Malignancy
    • Ulceration
    • Celiac Disease
    • Ulcerative Disease
      • Crohn’s Disease
      • NSAID Enteropthy
      • Intestinal Cancer

Evaluation

There are many ways to evaluate the small intestine, but in order to identify and solve the problem, we have to see it.  That’s why we’ve teamed up with our experts in Radiology to develop and implement the latest advancements in our methods of imaging. The diagnostic technologies that we use include:

Small Bowel Enteroclysis: Fluroroscopic evaluation of the small bowel after infusion of radiocontrast through NJ tube

CT/MR Enterography: Refinement in multidetector row CT and MR. Enables rapid acquisition of high resolution images.

Video Capsule Endoscopy:
1cm by 2cm pill-camera, takes 55,000 images over the course of approximately 8 hours.

Because treatment plans depend on image results, our team works together to evaluate your best options. 

What makes us different

Getting to the small intestine endoscopically is very difficult, which is why the Center for Small Bowel Disease has made strides over the past few years in perfecting our techniques.  The Video Capsule Endoscopy is a leading advancement in the Center for Small Bowel Diseases. It is the least invasive and most effective way to examine areas of the small intestine that cannot be seen by other types of imaging.

“Sometimes the evaluation is as easy as swallowing a pill.” –Dr. Aaron Dickstein

Harmony Allison, MD
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Harmony Allison, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Clinical and Research Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-1480

Gastrointestinal motility, inflammatory bowel disease, general GI and endoscopy, diarrhea, constipation, celiac sprue and limited LFT abnormalities

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Aaron M. Dickstein, MD
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Aaron M. Dickstein, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

General gastroenterology, gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy, gastrointestinal motility, obscure GI bleeding, fecal microbiota transplantation, video capsule endoscopy

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Andrew G. Plaut, MD
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Andrew G. Plaut, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4207

Gastroenterology, digestive diseases, gastrointestinal infections and parasitic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diagnostic evaluation of unexplained pain or diarrhea

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