What We Treat

What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation in the small and large intestines. It is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and teenagers. It affects an estimated 4 in 1,000 children. Two of the most common types of IBD include:

Crohn’s disease: a recurring inflammatory disease of the GI tract. Symptoms include pain in the abdomen, bloating, diarrhea and fever. Patients often notice these symptoms between the ages of 15 and 25.

Ulcerative colitis: an inflammatory disease of the GI tract that’s characterized by the ulcers that form on the innermost lining of the colon. Symptoms include diarrhea, blood or mucus in stool, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Patients may also experience fever or anemia.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are so similar that they are collectively referred to as IBD.


Our Unique Approach

The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Combined Center for Pediatric IBD combines the efforts of all pediatric gastroenterologists in the metro Atlanta and works in close collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine. We offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach that allows your child to be seen by many providers in one visit.

Our program actively participates in the ImproveCareNow network, the leading learning health network for children in the United States and worldwide. Gastroenterologists, clinicians, researchers, parents and families from all participating centers collaborate to improve the care and health of children and teens with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For decades there have been no significant improvements in remission rates for patients with IBD. ImproveCareNow has helped change that. Since ImproveCareNow began, the percentage of registered patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who are in remission has increased from 50% to 77%, using our existing medical therapies. ImproveCareNow provides tools and support that our team at Children’s uses to deliver more reliable and proactive care to your child.