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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

About this Clinic

At UT Health Austin’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) practice, you will access patient centered care from gastroenterologists with sub-specialty experience and understanding of the complexities of treating IBD.

While patients with IBD can sometimes also have irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the majority of people with IBS do not have IBD. It is important to know that these two diseases should not be confused as they are treated very differently. Both diseases can lead to diarrhea and stomach pains, but IBD is cause by inflammation and ulcers in the bowel while the bowel looks normal in IBS. Our specialists will ensure that you are receiving the right diagnoses, which will lead to more effective therapies.

Early diagnosis, lifestyle changes, and modern treatments can help minimize damage, complications, and reduce the amount of symptoms; allowing patients to live relatively normal and productive lives. Our research physicians can provide a variety of investigational drugs for patients who do not respond to standard therapies.

Colitis patients need regular cancer screening, and our gastroenterologists are trained to perform advanced screening (chromoendoscopy) to improve the detection of cancer at the earliest stage. Moreover, patients affected during their child bearing years, receive expert guidance before and during pregnancy.

Conditions We Treat

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s is a disease that causes redness, swelling, and sores in the digestive tract. It may also lead to serious complications like a blockage of the bowel or an infection (abscess) inside the abdomen.

Ulcerative colitis (UC)

UC is a disease that causes redness, swelling, and sores in the lining of the colon. Proper treatment can improve symptoms significantly and often lead to healing of the colon.

Pouchitis

Pouchitis is inflammation that can occur at the end of the bowel in a patient who has had their colon removed and the bowel reattached to the anus, usually for ulcerative colitis.

Microscopic colitis

Microscopic colitis is microscopic inflammation (meaning inflammation is seen on biopsy) that occurs in the colon.