Stories about: irritable bowel disease

Clinical Consult: Evaluation and management of stomach pain

acheEvery child experiences stomach aches and pains. Identifying its cause is the tricky part.

According to Boston Children’s Hospital’s Lori Zimmerman, MD, a gastroenterologist with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, abdominal pain accounts for 2-to-4 percent of pediatrician visits, and 25 percent of pediatric GI referrals.

“In most cases, generalized abdominal pain without other red flags, is a manifestation of a other common conditions such as chronic constipationfunctional abdominal pain, or lactose intolerance,” Zimmerman says. “If the pain is chronic, it is also worth evaluating for other chronic gastrointestinal conditions, such as celiac disease.”

Dr. Zimmerman examines these conditions and offers tools to evaluate and manage pediatric stomach pain in the primary care setting. …Read More

Six tips for college students with inflammatory bowel disease

Danielle Leavitt inflammatory bowel disease Crohn'sGoing to college is an exciting time. But it can be particularly challenging for students who also suffer inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease.

On Thriving, our blog for patients and families, rising Harvard University junior Danielle Leavitt shares six tips for students like her concerned about managing their Crohn’s or colitis  on their own at college.

“Students with IBD can absolutely live the college dream,” Leavitt says. “The key is to be proactive and stay healthy.”


Do you have patients with IBD who are heading off to college? Read Leavitt’s tips on Thriving and let your patients know about them.