Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis 

Even though inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more adults than children, there are many pediatric patients who suffer from IBD. Most IBD in children is treated medically with anti-inflammatory medicines or newer drugs that target specific inflammatory molecules (these medicines are referred to as “biologicals”). Some children with IBD need surgical treatment.  

The pediatric surgeons at Penn State Children’s Hospital are committed to the surgical care of children with IBD. In our state-of-the-art operating suites they perform laparoscopic ileal pouches, bowel resections, seton placements and other complex procedures to meet the surgical needs of children with IBD.  

Surgeons work closely with the pediatric gastroenterologists in the management of pediatric IBD. This multi-disciplinary care is part of the pediatric colorectal program at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group provides adolescent pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients age 12-18 years and their parents with helpful information and the chance to meet others living with IBD. 

The meetings take place quarterly at Penn State Children’s Hospital, rooms P1100/P1100A, and feature a brief presentation on educational topics, followed by discussion for the parents and an activity for the adolescents. 

Please RSVP to Tawn Boltz at or 717-531-1043 if you plan to attend a meeting.

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