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What is IBD?

The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) encompasses a spectrum of inflammatory diseases that includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These diseases stem from an overly active immune system that attacks and damages the intestine. Approximately 1.4 million people in North America are affected by IBD. The cause of these diseases is not known, but both genetic and environmental factors are implicated. Many patients with IBD have a family member who is also affected by the disease. However, the majority of patients do not have a family history of IBD. Although the disease can have onset at any age, patients typically develop symptoms in their teenage or early adult years.

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Offering Three Convenient Locations

Our clinics accommodate referrals directly from community physicians and through the UW Medicine Contact Center at 206.520.5000, which directs the referral to the facility best aligned to the patient’s immediate needs. Further, we aim to minimize patients’ travel time and sedation and will consolidate procedures as much as possible, depending on the nature of the procedures.

Clinic at Harborview

Maleng Building, 8th Floor
410 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Specialty Center

3100 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98004
Digestive Disease
Center at UWMC

Surgery Pavilion, 3rd Floor
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195
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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

An American organization focused on improving the quality of life for people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis through research. Find local and national opportunities to support the IBD community and help raise awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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