Experts at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital welcome the opportunity to provide a second opinion on the diagnosis or management of your child's inflammatory bowel disease. Our gastroenterologists are at the forefront of IBD clinical care and research. In addition, we work closely with leaders in a variety of specialties, who consult and provide care as needed. Our team will help you understand your options so that you can choose the best treatment plan for your child.
No, IBD and IBS are very different. IBS is an acronym for irritable bowel syndrome, a functional gastrointestinal disorder. In IBS, the structure of the colon -- including appearance on colonoscopy and biopsy -- looks normal (that is, the inflammation that occurs in inflammatory bowel disease is not evident), despite causing uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas and/or bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome does not cause extra-intestinal symptoms or long-term damage to a person's colon. Some patients with IBD also have IBS.
We recognize that every child's needs are different and there is no "right" time to begin the transition of care from a pediatric to an adult gastroenterologist. Often, the process begins in late adolescence, when the child leaves for college or moves out on his/her own. Our Transitional IBD Clinic -- one of the few in the country – is designed to meet the unique needs of teens and young adults ages 15 to 21. Our goal is to create a bridge between pediatric and adult care by providing the tools and support that our young adult patients need in order to take a more active role in IBD management. For patients who attend college out-of-state we will help identify a local physician that we can partner with to provide ongoing care. Our team will work closely with both the your child and the local gastroenterologist to ensure continuous and comprehensive care. When patients are ready, we will facilitate transfer of care through our Transitional IBD Clinic directly to one of our adult IBD specialists. For patients leaving the Chicagoland area, we can provide referrals through our network of IBD specialists across the US and around the world.