Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

This information is useful for children
Doctor talks with a teenage patient who could have ulcerative colitis.

Credit: Robert A. Lisak

Ulcerative colitis—a condition that causes swelling and sores in the colon—is awful for anyone, but it's especially difficult for children, whose symptoms tend to be worse. With proper treatment, however, children with ulcerative colitis can live happy, healthy lives. A better understanding of this chronic disease will lead to even better therapies.

“Ulcerative colitis is much more severe and aggressive in kids compared to adults,” says Dinesh Pashankar, MD, director of Yale Medicine’s Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program. “It often involves more of the colon, and the younger the child—particularly in those under age 10—the more serious the condition can be.”

Yale Medicine’s IBD team includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, a social worker, and a dietitian, all skilled at treating children with IBD. Yale School of Medicine is one of only six genetic research centers supported by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as it seeks to advance the discovery of genes influencing an individual’s risk for developing ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.