IBD Testing and Visits

In order to reduce spread of COVID-19, if your IBD is in remission and you are feeling well, delay any in-person visits to your doctor. Consult with your primary care physician and/or gastroenterologists to determine if they can assess you through video-telemedicine or by telephone, instead of an in-person visit.  

If your IBD is active, please speak to your doctor about your symptoms and attend any upcoming appointment. Your physician may still wish to see you in-person, or through video-telemedicine or a phone call.

Diagnostic testing (including endoscopies, colonoscopies, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds) may need to be delayed because of pressures faced by the health care system at this time. Please discuss the need to reschedule these with your doctor.

Watch the 1-minute video for expert gastroenterologist recommendations on attending healthcare provider appointments and testing for Crohn's or colitis.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.