Crohn's and Colitis Center at UCH
Why Choose Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at University of Colorado Hospital?
The Crohn's and Colitis Center at UCH
is in the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion.
University of Colorado Hospital is ranked among the nation’s top programs for treating digestive disorders, including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
We offer patients access to the latest diagnostic breakthroughs and treatment options. We provide the largest range of specialty treatments in the Rocky Mountain region and are deeply involved in clinical research and product development, which keeps us at the leading edge of patient care.
We Specialize in Treating IBD
Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Painful and debilitating, they cause chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, and they can lead to life-threatening complications.
Crohn's Disease is a chronic inflammation of the intestinal wall. It occurs most commonly in the last segment of the small intestine and in the large intestine. However, the disease can occur in any part of the digestive tract.
Symptoms of Crohn's can include chronic diarrhea, painful abdominal cramps, and fever. Persons with the disease often suffer "flare-ups" of symptoms over many years.
The cause of the disease is unknown. However, medical researchers believe that an immune system dysfunction leads to the intestines "overreacting" to an agent of some kind - dietary, environmental, or infectious. This immune system anomaly is thought to have a genetic component, as Crohn's tends to run in families.
A chronic disease, ulcerative colitis inflames and "ulcerates" (pits or erodes) the large intestine.
"Flare-ups" of such symptoms as bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever can be severe, and can last for days or even weeks. Left untreated, ulcerative colitis can lead to serious complications such as anemia, infection, and dangerous expansion (distention) of the large intestine.
The disease can start at any age, but most commonly appears in persons aged 15 to 30. While the cause of the disease is not known, both genetics and an abnormal immune response in the intestine may trigger disease symptoms.
Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis
In these chronic diseases, certain kinds of white blood cells permeate the lining of the large intestine, sometimes along its entire length. In collagenous colitis, the large intestine produces a layer of collagen (a kind of connective tissue). In lympthocytic colitis, the white cells accumulate. Each condition produces similar symptoms such as watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and nausea.
To diagnose these forms of colitis, your physician will perform tests to exclude other possible causes of the inflammation.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The term Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) encompasses a number of separate diseases that share many of the same symptoms:
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Collagenous colitis
- Lymphocytic colitis
To diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, your physician will perform tests to exclude other possible causes of the inflammation.
To schedule an appointment, please obtain a referral from your physician and call (720) 848-2777 or submit an online form.
Before your appointment
In order to make your visit with us as efficient and helpful as possible, you will be asked to provide some or all of the following information for your doctor's review:
- Past medical records related to your diagnosis
- Your most recent endoscopy reports, as well as pathology reports for any biopsies
- Radiology reports for imaging procedures such as x-rays, MRI, or CT scans
If you have any questions, please call us at (720) 848-2777.
Sending your medical records
Please have your records faxed to us at (720) 848-2755 or mailed to us at the address below:
Crohn's and Colitis Center
Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion (AOP)
1635 Aurora Court, Mailstop F735
Aurora, CO 80045
When we're open
- Monday 1 to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon
Urgent appointments can be arranged at other times throughout the week as needed. An on-call physician is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Insurance & Payment Information
University of Colorado Hospital accepts most major insurance plans.
Full payment or your insurance co-pay (if required) is due at the time of service.
For your convenience we accept:
- Personal check