Pioneering Projects

Our new Champions project - Manometry System

Manometry is the evaluation of pressure. Thanks to the generous contributions of our Children's Champions, this new specialist piece of equipment uses a procedure and probes specifically designed for children to record the functionality of the muscles around the oesophagus or ano-rectal canal. 

This procedure was only available for adults in the north, but now will benefit children and teenagers at Sheffield Children's Hospital. This specialist piece of equipment can:

  • Test how the muscles and nerves work.
  • Identify areas of abnormality in the gut as well as structural abnormalities to better help surgeons and clinicians correctly diagnose and treat patients.
  • Help identify specific conditions such as Hirschprung’s disease, a condition that affects the large intestine and causes problems with passing stools. The condition is present at birth as a result of missing nerve cells in the muscles of the baby’s colon.
  • Be used in general surgery as a multipurpose diagnostic device.

Our Children's Champions have brought our diagnostic service in line with paediatric hospitals in London, offering this kind of procedure for the first time in the north. Endoscopies are currently done under general anaesthetic for children, but with this new equipment we can trial this procedure under sedation, which would be an innovative procedure reducing the risk to our young patients.

Take a look at the other projects previously funded by our Children's Champions.