Microscopic colitis care at Mayo Clinic

  • Your Mayo Clinic care team. Depending on your needs, a wide array of specialists is available for you at Mayo Clinic. Experts in digestive diseases (gastroenterology), surgery, pathology, radiology and nutrition care work together to provide the care you need for microscopic colitis. Mayo's collaborative approach means that all of our specialists work with you and your personal physician so that you'll get exactly the care you need.
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment. Tissue analysis specialists (pathologists) at Mayo Clinic are experts at identifying microscopic colitis, which is critical to receiving the right treatment.

    Mayo Clinic specialists have experience helping people who don't respond to standard therapies for microscopic colitis. Mayo specialists can rule out other possible causes of persistent diarrhea and try different treatment approaches.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. With 13 specialty groups and more than 140 digestive disease specialists on staff, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest in the world. These specialists have extensive experience with microscopic colitis, diagnosing and treating more than 500 people every year.
  • Microscopic Colitis Disease Activity Index. In 2011, Mayo Clinic doctors developed the Microscopic Colitis Disease Activity Index — a diagnostic tool that helps provide an objective and consistent way to assess the severity of someone's microscopic colitis, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, urgency and incontinence. Mayo Clinic researchers now use this assessment index in current studies to more easily compare treatments for microscopic colitis.
  • Research leaders. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in new diagnostic tests and treatments for microscopic colitis and conduct clinical trials. Mayo focuses its research on mechanisms of cellular and molecular processes in a variety of digestive diseases, including microscopic colitis.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023–2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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