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Children with a chronic illness benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to their care. We have built a team with expertise in diagnosing and managing children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Patients are cared for by an IBD team that includes:
These specialists work together in a single program to provide a comprehensive approach to the care of your child. Every patient requires individualized care reflecting this individuality. We strive to incorporate current evidence-based guidelines and ongoing clinical, translational, and basic science research to offer the most up-to-date treatment options for our patients.
Patient evaluation involves a detailed history and exam. Further testing may include blood testing, endoscopic testing, and radiologic studies. If your child needs a procedure (endoscopy or radiology study), our Child Life specialists will insure that you and your child’s experience is as easy as possible. In February 2012, we opened a new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Endoscopy unit with the newest equipment in a friendly and appropriate space for children, adolescents and their families.
An evaluation may also include radiology studies such as Upper GI series, Magnetic Resonance Enteroscopy (MRE), as well as other imaging techniques when indicated. Our colleagues in Pediatric Radiology use techniques that significantly limit radiation exposure to pediatric patients without compromising the quality of the study.
Our IBD Program also has an active research program in which patients will have the opportunity to participate in research studies trying to understand the relationship between IBD, intestinal bacteria, genetic factors, and the role that certain diets have on IBD. Our center has been selected to participate in many clinical trials of new medications for children who may not have responded to currently approved and available treatments.
Our Program’s Philosophy
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This inflammation is not due to an infection. At least 1 million people in the US have IBD, and 25% are children. It equally affects boys and girls and occurs in all races.
Symptoms of IBD include:
IBD is usually divided into 2 types, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but some patients with colitis cannot be classified into these two groups and are considered to have indeterminate colitis. Crohn’s disease can affect any and all parts of the GI tract (anywhere from the mouth to the rectum) while ulcerative colitis mostly affects the large intestine.
Treatment of IBD often involves nutritional therapy or medicines that your doctor will discuss with you depending on your type of IBD. Exercise, sleep, and reduction of stress are also important in managing these diseases.
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that is a chronic condition that may recur at various times over a lifetime.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Patients or healthcare providers may call the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center by calling 1-877-PEDI-IBD (877-733-4423) and the staff will call your patient within 1 business day.
Patients may also call the Pediatric GI Call Center at 617-726-8705 to schedule an appointment.
Newton Wellesley Hospital
6 South2000 Washington StreetNewton, MA
Public Transportation Access: yesDisabled Access: yes
Dr. Moran is a pediatric gastroenterologist who practices clinically in the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Newton Wellesley Hospital. He conducts clinical and basic science research to better understand the cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
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