I’m sure you can imagine just how horribly invasive and painful bowel scopes are for children.
With your help, we can change this.
Ultrasound examination is an easily accessible, non-invasive, radiation-free, imaging modality that is often chosen as the first diagnostic method in gastroenterology and other specialties around the world.
With your support, a special intestinal ultrasound machine can be purchased to reduce the need for children to undergo scopes during diagnosis and treatment, making it much more bearable. Plus your support would also benefit the Children’s Clinic who would share the machine. The impact of this could potentially help thousands of children each year, and dramatically reducing wait times too.
Imagine the world of difference you will be making to the children and their families. With faster diagnosis, faster treatment can occur.
Take a moment to read the incredible story of Cohen, a child living with Crohn’s Disease. Cohen and his family are true champions and it is because of your dedication and generosity that lets us care for families like these.
Ultrasound Machine Update
If we exceed our goal of $75,000, additional funds will be used to support important research. Be a part of the goal to better understand this disease to provide afflicted children normal growth, development and quality of life.
Currently, there are no early markers to prevent inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children. Imagine if your child had an inflammatory bowel disease. Every day is different and can involve absence from school and social activity to hospitalization for routine surgeries. For a child with IBD and their entire family, life is never “normal”. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a chronic disease characterized by remissions and relapses. IBD diagnosed early in life has a significant impact on the physical, emotional and social development of those affected. IBD is the most common and potentially disabling chronic gastrointestinal illness affecting Canadian children. There is no cure.
Long term complications, if left untreated, range from intra-abdominal abscesses and bowel strictures to colon cancer, although in Crohn’s disease this risk is small. In children, active disease can have devastating consequences on growth and development. It is vitally important, therefore, that the disease remission is induced and maintained.