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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

For appointments, call 314-747-IBD6 (4236)

Washington University inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialists provide clinical care for chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. We provide exceptional care by integrating medical and surgical services, and offer patients access to novel therapies in clinical research trials.There are two recognized forms of IBD:

  • Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, predominates in the small intestines and colon, but may occur anywhere in the GI tract. The symptoms depend on the location of the diseased bowel. Abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss are common. Sometimes diarrhea, fever, rectal bleeding or disease around the anal canal may occur.
  • Ulcerative colitis is characterized by inflammation of the large intestine or colon. The lining of the colon becomes red and swollen, sometimes ulcerated. This causes diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum. Weight loss and fatigue are also frequent.

Multidisciplinary Care

Because of the complexity of the disease, patients with IBD often require care from multiple providers. Patients in our program are able to see a gastroenterologist and surgeon at the same clinic site, often at the same visit when appropriate. Within the program, we also have a GI trained health psychologist available for appointments. Other resources such as imaging, endoscopy, pathology and consult services are also available.

Adolescent to Adult Transition of Care

Our adult gastroenterologist and pediatric gastroenterologist team is establishing a new program to help young patients move smoothly into an adult care plan based on a timeline tailored to their needs. The program includes close communication between pediatric and adult IBD physicians, extra appointment time, advice from IBD nurses, psychiatric services, smartphone apps to help with compliance and other resources. For appointments with a pediatric IBD specialist, call 314-454-KIDS (5437).