Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Absorbing nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can be a problem for people with IBD. At Mayo Clinic, dietitians with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease are part of your treatment team. If your digestive problems are severe, Mayo specialists may recommend special diets or home parenteral nutrition.


Most women with IBD can have successful pregnancies, especially if they can keep the disease in remission during pregnancy. However, it's very important that both men and women with IBD who wish to have a child talk to their doctors. The disease and its treatments may affect the pregnancy and increase the risk of early labor or birth defects. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise and experience guiding women with IBD through pregnancy and delivery.

Treatment of children

At Mayo Clinic, a team of specialists will work together to address your child's needs. Because long-term steroid use can have harmful effects on children, Mayo Clinic doctors often choose to use other anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive drugs. Mayo Clinic also uses advanced diagnostic tests, such as MR enterography, that don't expose children to ionizing X-ray radiation.

Ulcerative colitis often takes an even greater physical and emotional toll on children and adolescents than it does on adults. The disease can slow children's growth and delay sexual maturation. At Mayo Clinic, young people and their families work closely with psychologists who can help them navigate the day-to-day difficulties of living with ulcerative colitis.

Feb. 18, 2015