The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Stony Brook Medicine was created to provide individuals with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis the best possible multidisciplinary care available today. We aim to take care of patients from childhood to adulthood, from medical to surgical therapy, in a seamless, cohesive environment.
Since IBD can be associated with inflammation outside the bowel (extra intestinal manifestations) we have referral connections with many other specialists in the institution such as rheumatology, dermatology etc, to allow quick access to consultations.
In addition, Stony Brook University Hospital provides state-of-the-art imaging services, including CT enterography and MR enterography. Expert laboratory professionals and pathologists trained in gastrointestinal pathology are also part of the team.
We are committed to research that will lead to a cure and improve the lives of our patients. Members of the center are actively involved in clinical research and new drug trials in addition to hosting the yearly Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) walk for a cure.
Our educational mission is fulfilled by training, not only adult and pediatric fellows and surgical residents, but also by hosting educational programs for community healthcare providers.
A Stony Brook Medicine, support groups under the auspices of the CCFA provides support and education. Patients may also avail of the Stony Brook mind and body center.
The nutrition division hosts small group sessions to answer the dietary needs of our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions about IBD
- What is IBD?
IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
As many as 7 out of 100,000 people in the U.S. develop Crohn's disease, and 10 to 15 people out of 100,000 develop ulcerative colitis.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth down to the anus. The inflammation can be patchy and usually affects all layers of the bowel wall. Crohn’s disease can be complicated by the formation of fistulae (connections between bowel and skin or other organs) or abscesses, and this maybe the first presenting symptom. During the course of disease, there will be times when the symptoms worsen and become more severe and other periods of times when the disease is considered in remission, or with no signs of the illness.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammation of the colon. It only affects the innermost lining of the colon. Like Crohn's disease, the course is one where symptoms worsen for a time and then are followed by a remission.
- What are the symptoms of IBD?
IBD can present with a variety of symptoms depending on whether it is Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and depending on the area of bowel that is affected. Some common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, weight loss, fevers and anemia.
UC and Crohn’s disease can also affect other areas of the body and may cause joint pains, skin rashes, eye problems, liver problems and anemia. Your doctor may refer to this group of conditions as extraintestinal manifestations.
- What is the cause of IBD?
The exact causes of IBD are unknown. However, over the past several years, significant strides have been made in understanding genetic associations, as well as the immunological cascades involved in the response of the gastrointestinal tract to environmental triggers. It is currently believed that IBD is caused by an abnormal immune response of the GI tract, to an environmental trigger (possibly bacteria in the gut) in a genetically predisposed individual.
- What is the risk to family members?
There is a higher risk of developing IBD if a first degree family member has it. Some families have multiple family members affected. Although several genes have been identified in association with IBD, an exact cause has not been established. In some estimates, if both parents have IBD, 30 percent of children can be affected and if one parent has IBD the risk to the child is less than 10 percent.
- How is IBD diagnosed?
There is no single test that can diagnose IBD. Making an accurate diagnosis is crucial so that a person can receive the most effective treatments. Gastroenterologists at Stony Brook Medicine have extensive experience in diagnosing Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, including distinguishing which type of IBD a person has since there are times Crohn's and Ulcerative colitis look very similar. The diagnosis is made using a combination of patient history, blood tests, endoscopic tests, radiological tests and pathological findings.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Contact Information:
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