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, including clinical trials and minimally-invasive surgery, as well as dietician-guided nutritional management.
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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
Our group includes faculty members who are specialty-trained in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), and microscopic colitis (lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis). As part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and allied providers who are focused on IBD, we provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment to IBD patients at the UCH Crohn’s and Colitis Center.
For instance, initial IBD clinic visits include a free same-day consultation with a nutritionist – a unique offering within Colorado. We also provide expert consultation on IBD cases referred from both primary care physicians and gastroenterologists throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain region.
At our weekly multidisciplinary conferences, IBD specialists, surgeons, case managers and nutritionists, as well as GI pathologists and radiologists, discuss complex cases to determine integrated and optimal plans of care.
Research leading to treatments
Our faculty members conduct basic research that investigates novel pathways relevant to human disease and also collaborate in major clinical research trials of the newest therapies for both Crohn’s disease and UC.
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.
New patients may schedule an additional free half-hour consultation with our nutritionist on the same day as their IBD clinic visit. Please indicate your interest in this at the time of scheduling.
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 through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.)
Urgent appointments can be arranged 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