Second opinion services
Our team provides second opinions for children and teens with difficult or unusual cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We offer a thorough evaluation by a team of experts, including physicians, nutritionists, radiologists and a psychologist.
Nutritional assessments are performed to help manage short-term macro and micro-nutritional needs and to prevent long-term complications, such as osteoporosis. Psychological assessments also are available when requested.
Most of our patients are seen at our outpatient clinic, with no admission to the hospital. Visits usually take two days, but in some cases, the exam can be finished in one day. Your child’s appointment will include:
Thorough consultation from one or more of our specialists
Possible esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy
Other studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or video capsule endoscopy may be necessary to evaluate the extent of small bowel Crohn’s disease
All of our findings will be shared with you, your child’s primary pediatrician and gastroenterologist at the end of your visit to ensure your child gets the comprehensive care needed at home.
Our doctors are also actively involved in various research studies and clinical trials to better understand the causes of IBD and to find new treatments. These studies include a large national risk-stratification project; studies examining the genetics of IBD; and the evaluation of medical imaging of patients of IBD. Some of these efforts might fit in with your child’s needs, giving access to advance treatments and medicines—rather than surgery.
Learn more about research at Children's