The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children offers complete care for children with chronic disorders that cause pain, swelling and inflammation of the small and large intestine. It’s the first clinic of its kind in Louisiana offering expert care to treat every aspect of these conditions – combining medical, nutritional, emotional and social support.
What is Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (PIBD), also known as Irritable Bowel Disease, is a group of disorders that affect the digestive tract as well as other organs such as skin, joints, eyes or liver in children. The most common PIBD disorders include:
- Crohn’s disease, which causes swelling across the lining of the intestinal tract, most often the small intestine
- Ulcerative colitis, that inflames the large intestine (colon)
The cause of PIBD is not known, but genetic and environmental factors may be involved.
In children, inflammatory bowel disease needs specialized, life-long care that includes attention to nutrition to help a child get the proper nutrients to grow and develop normally.
Symptoms of PIBD range from mild to severe and most often include:
- Frequent diarrhea
- Stomach pain or cramps
- Blood in the stool
- Weight loss
- Joint, skin or eye irritations
These symptoms can also be a sign of other conditions. But when they don’t go away or seem out of the ordinary for a child, PIBD might be suspected.
Complete Care for Every Area of Life Affected by PIBD
If your child has been newly diagnosed or has had PIBD for a while, Tulane’s center brings together all the experts needed to treat and manage the disease in one convenient setting. You don’t have to make multiple appointments with multiple specialists. Everyone you need is together in one place at one time.
Our multidisciplinary team for each clinic session includes a:
- Pediatric gastroenterologist
- Registered nurse
- Social worker
Managing PIBD can be complex and involve a variety of therapies. A treatment plan that addresses all the issues of the disease may include:
- Steroid and other immunosuppressant medications
- Biologic therapies that target particular proteins and cells to block inflammation
- Nutritional assessment, therapy and support
- Psychological assessment, therapy and support
- Individual and family counseling
- Social services to address social and economic concerns
With Tulane Health System, patients have access to any diagnostic or follow-up testing or treatment needed. With Tulane Health System, patients have access to any diagnostic or follow-up testing or treatment needed.
And because we’re part of an academic medical center, patients may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for promising new therapies.
Transition to Adulthood
The transition from childhood to a young adult is a critical time for anyone with a chronic condition like PIBD.
At Tulane’s PIBD center, we can make that transition seamless. We equip young patients to understand the importance of continuing to monitor their condition and connect them with an adult gastroenterologist that understands the unique needs and medical history of the young patient.