Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a common, chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal tract disorder that causes frequent diarrhea, stomach cramping, and weight loss. The cause of IBD is unknown and diagnosis can be challenging, but at the Pediatric Inflammatory Disease Program at the Pediatric Gastroenterology Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we offer the most effective diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols.
We use several tests to diagnose IBD. These include colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, capsule endoscopy—in which a vitamin-sized, pill-encased camera is swallowed to take pictures of the digestive tract—and magnetic resonance enterography, which is an MRI that provides detailed images of the small intestine.
Because of a lack of understanding of the cause of IBD, children with the disorder need to be monitored regularly, and they frequently must take medication throughout their lives. Our specialists, including gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritionists, and social workers, collaborate closely to create the best possible plan for each patient. With early, effective treatment, children with IBD can control their symptoms and live active lives.
Our aim is to improve care for children affected by IBD and to provide them with a better future.
When it is time for an adolescent to move to adult care for IBD, our adult gastroenterologists collaborate with your child’s doctors, social workers, and nutritionists to ensure a seamless, comfortable transition. Care for adults takes place at our Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 212-263-5940.