Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition associated with inflammation of the intestinal tract, typically presents with abdominal pain and diarrhea. The condition affects up to 1 million people each year and usually starts between ages 15 to 30. It can however, occur in much younger children and older people. Childhood IBD accounts for nearly 30 percent of total cases in this country. It is vital to seek early treatment of the disease, especially in children, as the disease can cause many health issues including a delay in puberty or long-term growth problems due to malnutrition and adverse effects on bone development.
The pediatric gastroenterology team at Children's specializes in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease using a multi-disciplinary approach that treats and manages all aspects of the disease from symptoms and complications to nutritional management. With active management of the disease, the vast majority of children can live normal and productive lives.