Health care maintenance for the pediatric patient with inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Nearly one-quarter of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are younger than 20 years of age at diagnosis. Furthermore, the incidence of IBD in children continues to increase. Nevertheless, variation in management exists within the care of patients with IBD with regards to disease screening and preventive care. A multidisciplinary approach that involves the general practitioner and pediatric gastroenterologist is needed to routinely monitor growth, bone health, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, vaccination status, and endoscopic surveillance. It is also important to monitor for extraintestinal manifestations of IBD that may affect the liver, joints, skin, and eyes. The purpose of this article is to provide an updated overview of comprehensive care for pediatric patients with IBD.