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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Our Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program provides comprehensive care for children living with irritable bowel disease (IBD).

IBD is a blanket term for several chronic diseases that can result when the low-level inflammatory response that helps maintain healthy bacterial levels in the intestines rages out of control. This can cause diarrhea, bleeding, abdominal pain, fever, joint pain and weight loss. Types of IBD include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.

Here at UCSF, we know that IBD can have a serious negative impact on a child’s quality of life. So we're committed to using all the knowledge, technologies and support resources we have to help your child live as happily and actively as possible.

Our program takes a collaborative approach to caring for kids with IBD. Our team includes pediatric gastroenterologists specializing in IBD, pediatric surgeons, nutritionists, pathologists, pharmacists, social workers and child life specialists. We also work closely with pediatric specialists in psychiatry and psychology, radiology, infectious diseases, endocrinology and urology.

In a very real sense, your family and child are also members of our team. We work closely with you to understand and manage what might be causing the condition and aggravating your child's symptoms. Genetics, environmental triggers and your child's unique immune system can all be factors. Treatment may involve a combination of medication, surgery, nutritional management and other supportive therapies designed to achieve remission or reduce symptoms.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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