Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What kinds of tests and procedures will  my child have?

When your child sees a gastroenterologist at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, the doctor may need to run some tests and/or procedures. These include, but are not limited to:

  • blood tests
  • stool samples
  • ultrasounds, MRI and other imaging procedures
  • endoscopy or colonoscopy 

If needed, blood tests and stool samples are usually collected during the first visit. If further tests are required, they are scheduled at a later date. 

See a complete list of test and procedures 

Will it hurt?

Some of the tests may cause some discomfort in children, but our nurses and social workers are here to help you find the best ways to prepare your child for any test that might be uncomfortable. For more invasive procedures, sedation or anesthesia is offered when appropriate.

What can we expect after our initial appointment?

For a child living with IBD, close monitoring, taking medications as prescribed, and follow up visits are important to keep him or her as healthy as possible.

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center has created several detailed videos and booklets about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that many patients find useful.

The IBD Experience Journal is a collection of stories, pictures and personal experiences from families about what it has been like to contend with pediatric IBD. It represents the collective wisdom of these families as well as their health care providers. Find it here.

What can we do if we have questions?

Our administrative and nursing staff are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call our office at 617-355-2962 with any questions about upcoming appointments or your child's health. In the event of an emergency, please call the hospital page operators at 617-355-6369 and ask to have the GI fellow on call paged.

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