Pediatric IBD Program

The Yale Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program is devoted to the care of children with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are chronic gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBD in children can present with various symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in stools, and poor weight gain. It is estimated that approximately 50,000 children suffer from IBD in the United States and the numbers are rising.

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Patient Care

Patient care consists of a multidisciplinary approach and a transitional program.


Education and Outreach

Dr. Dinesh Pashankar is on the CCFA Connecticut Medical Advisory Committee and both he and Susanne Johnson, APRN have presented at CCFA educational sessions. Susanne Johnson is a volunteer...


We are a participating site for the DEVELOP Registry for Pediatric IBD. We also participate in a research study to assess genetic base of inflammatory bowel disease in children.

Outside Links
Yale Adult IBD Program
CCFA Crohns Colitis Foundation of America
CCFA Takes Steps Walk
Information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Information for Children and Young Adults
Children with IBD
Teenagers and IBD
College Life and IBD

Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy is a test to evaluate the small intestine by swallowing a small video camera enclosed in a capsule. The capsule is propelled forward through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract by the motion of the GI tract itself. Children are prepared for the exam by firmly applying a sensor belt and recorder to their abdomen. The recorder captures photographic images of the insides of the intestine for approximately 8 hours as the capsule passes through the GI tract. The data recorder is then downloaded to a computer and the images are reviewed. The capsule is expelled naturally through a bowel movement.