Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common inflammatory condition of the intestine affecting approximately 1.5 million people in the United States, 10% of those affected being children. Two main forms of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Mayo Clinic has a long tradition of excellence in the management of IBD seeing nearly 2,000 patients with IBD per year in both adult and pediatric clinics. Within the IBD Center for Children, we are committed to an integrated approach to the medical and surgical management of IBD, growth/bone development, and psychosocial issues unique to children who have IBD.
One important aspect of Mayo's IBD Center for Children is the many specialists who work together to address completely the unique concerns of children who have IBD. Coordinated appointments save time and resources, and provide a comprehensive health picture for both parents and children. Team members include pediatric surgeons, pediatric gastroenterologists specializing in the treatment of IBD, pediatric endocrinologists, and pediatric psychologists in addition to an advanced imaging center and a world-class pathology department. Members of the IBD Center for Children at Mayo Clinic are committed to the holistic approach and compassionate care of children and families with IBD.
The following pages provide detailed information about Mayo's approach to treating both children and adults who have these conditions. There are also resources for children and families listed on the Resources pages.