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Life Uncommon is a video series about children and adolescents suffering from IBD and the professionals who care for them at the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Narrator: But current treatments are far from perfect.
Robert N. Baldassano, MD: To this point, the therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease has been mostly Prednisone or steroid therapy. That's actually been the therapy that's been used in many different autoimmune-type diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis when it really is telling us that we don't understand the diseases that well if every disease gets treated with the same medicine.
Aimee E. Christian, PhD: As great as steroids can be in terms of keeping a kid in remission, it's certainly not something that you would want to stay on for a long period of time. There are so many side effects.
Robert N. Baldassano, MD: We unfortunately have a good number of children who have had vertebral collapse, where the spinal column has collapsed, and they end up being wheelchair bound. Also, other problems, it could cause high blood pressure. For the teenagers, it could cause acne. It could cause excessive weight gain. And it also changes personality.
Contact the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.