What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Definition of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There are two types of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children, ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease. These are two different conditions that both cause inflammation in the intestines. It is not known what causes either type of IBD, but it does seem to run in certain families, with a 7-22% risk of having IBD if someone else in the family also has it. The peak age of onset of IBD is adolescence and young adulthood (15-25 years). In order to qualify a child claimant must have proper documentation in the form of an x-ray or biopsy.
For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:
- Intermittent intestinal obstruction due to abscess or fistula formation; OR
- Severe malnutrition; OR
- Severe growth impairment.