Inflammatory Bowel Disease Services

No two patients are the same. Whether your child is being tested to determine if they have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or they have already been diagnosed, we individualize the process based on family- and disease-specific needs.

We provide an initial intake and consultation, and then we work with patients and their families to create an effective treatment plan that is informed by both the needs of the child and family and the most recent scientific breakthroughs.

Because every patient is so different, not all medicines work the same on every child. We provide personalized pharmacotherapy plans to help find the best pharmacological solution for managing your child’s condition. Patients also have access to the Gastrointestinal Pain Clinic, which can provide tools and therapeutic plans for managing the pain that can come with IBD.

Our services include:

  • Upper endoscopy: A non-surgical procedure in which a tube with a camera and a light is placed through the mouth so that the doctor can see the stomach, esophagus and small intestine.
  • Colonoscopy: A tube with a camera and light passes through the rectum so that the doctor can see the large intestine.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: Works in much the same way as a colonoscopy but examines one particular part of the colon.
  • Advanced endoscopy: A name for more advanced diagnostic tools that are sometimes necessary to diagnose certain IBD conditions. The Stanford Children’s Health IBD Center houses the most advanced diagnostic tools available, including enteroscopies, which allow for the visualization of the small bowel.
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy: A non-invasive procedure in which a capsule containing a small camera is swallowed by the patient so doctors can see what happens as it passes through the digestive system.
  • Fecal biomarkers: Proteins that we test for by analyzing stool samples. These indicate whether the intestines are inflamed.
  • Fecal transplants: A procedure in which we transfer the stool of a healthy person into the gastrointestinal tract of the patient. Fecal transplants are sometimes used when unhealthy bacteria have overpopulated the colon.