Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis (UC) and indeterminate colitis -- also known as IBD-unclassified (IBD-U). These painful diseases involve a dysregulation of the immune system that injures the lining of the digestive system, causing inflammation and ulceration, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, weight loss and/or failure to thrive in children.
Crohn's disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract while ulcerative colitis primarily affects the colon (large intestine) and rectum. Inflammatory bowel disease also can lead to issues outside of the intestine, including anemia, eye inflammation, skin ulcers, liver disease, kidney stones, impaired growth, joint pain, and/or osteoporosis.
Comprehensive Approach, Compassionate Care
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic and complex conditions. That's why it's important to work with physicians who understand the intricacies of inflammatory bowel disease and have access to the latest therapies. The pediatric IBD experts at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital recognize that every individual is different. We take a personalized approach to finding the treatment that works best for each patient. In addition, we offer:
- A multidisciplinary team of experts in IBD and related fields
- Ongoing research and access to the latest clinical trials
- Continuity of care from pediatric to adult practitioners, including a specialized transition clinic to help support your and your child on the path to independence
- Locations in Hyde Park and several other communities
- A long history of local, national and international leadership in inflammatory bowel disease research and clinical care