Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program provides management of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in children. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in Gastroenterology and GI surgery, our expert IBD team consists of gastroenterologists, surgeons, a nurse coordinator, a social worker and a nutritionist. Our goal is to improve the physical and psychological health of all children and adolescents with IBD. 

Diagnosis

We use the latest technology and an array of diagnostic procedures to diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for each patient.
Diagnostic Procedures
  • Blood tests
  • Stool tests
  • CT scan 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 
  • Endoscopy 
  • Colonoscopy 
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy 

Treatment 

We offer current medical therapies, and offer patients the unique opportunity to participate in clinical trials. 
In our infusion center, a number of patients receive regular infusions of infliximab to help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. A dedicated nurse coordinator helps guide patients through their treatment plan. 

Our surgeons use the latest techniques of minimally invasive surgery, which result in quicker recovery. Children and their families receive advice about diet and food choices from our nutritionist to ensure they reach the best nutritional status and growth. A social worker helps children and families cope with stress and psychosocial issues at work and at school. Once our patients turn 21, we provide a smooth transition to our adult gastroenterologist colleagues.