Inflammatory Bowel Disease Conditions, Diagnostics & Treatment

Whether you’re suffering from Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or another type of inflammatory bowel condition, the Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center offers a full range of diagnosis and treatment options. Applying their extensive research on IBD, our specialists use a wide variety of innovative approaches to ensure you have the individualized care to meet your specific needs as it relates to your IBD condition.

Diagnosing IBD

Given the similarities of IBD symptoms, an accurate diagnosis is the best way to identify your condition and find an appropriate treatment plan to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our experts are experienced in accurately identifying this frequently misdiagnosed disease. The causes of IBD remain unknown, but they likely include a combination of genetic, immune and environmental factors.

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center performs a complete medical history and physical examination as well as diagnostic procedures for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which may include:

  • Blood tests
  • CAT scan (CT)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Radiology studies
  • Stool studies
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal series
  • Video capsule endoscopy

IBD Treatments

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are lifelong chronic illnesses and patients can have symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Steroids have been a mainstay of treatment but can be riddled with side effects. The providers at the Pediatric IBD Program devise individualized treatment plans that minimize and negate the use of steroids. Cedars-Sinai employs a rapid "bench-to-bedside" approach, ensuring that patients referred to the program have access to the most advanced technologies and therapies. The ultimate goal is for patients to lead normal lives in spite of having a chronic illness. Management includes:

  • Drug therapies
  • Education
  • Nutritional and psychosocial counseling
  • Opportunities for research participation
  • Surgery

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you need a diagnosis, treatment or second opinion, call the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

IBD Center

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific Time (U.S.)

Available 7 days a week, 6 am - 9 pm PT


Pediatric IBD Program

Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm PT