Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition caused by inflammation in the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD—ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Each of these diseases can be disabling. Symptoms can include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and growth failure. Because the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are similar to those of other gastrointestinal conditions, the pediatric gastroenterology experts at CHOC Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program use advanced diagnostics and the latest, evidence-based research to diagnose and create personalized treatment plans designed to help patients live their lives to the fullest.

Compassionate Patient- and Family-centered Care

When a child or adolescent is diagnosed with an IBD, the entire family is affected. These diseases may require ongoing medical management throughout the patient’s lifetime. Our pediatric gastroenterologists help families and patients better cope with the symptoms of IBD by providing nutrition and psychosocial support services and treatment plans that are mindful of each patient’s medical, emotional, physical and social needs, both now and in the future. The IBD Program is dedicated to standing by our patients’ sides every step of the way.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease with inflammation that may be penetrate through the entire thickness of the intestine and can affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. It most commonly affects the small intestine but often affects the colon. Some patients may also get sores or openings around the anus. It is a chronic condition that may come back at various times throughout a person’s lifetime. Crohn’s disease symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and growth failure. Learn more about Crohn’s.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with inflammation affecting the inner lining of the large intestine (colon), often including the rectum. It is a chronic condition that may require attention throughout a person’s lifetime. Ulcerative colitis symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea with blood and mucous in the stool. Learn more about ulcerative colitis.

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