Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

The cause of IBD is not known. Several theories are being investigated including the relationship of genetic factors, immune system factors, and the role of stress. IBD occurs most often in teen and young adults. Your own immune system. See’s your bowel as (foreign and attach) and creates ulcers. There are two main types of IBD; ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of the lining of the large intestine. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss, and anemia. Ulcerative colitis often has periods of remission and exacerbation. It is diagnosed via colonoscopy or Barium study and can be a risk factor for the development of colon cancer.

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of all layers of the lining of the large and/or small intestine, stomach and esophagus. Common symptoms include lower right sided abdominal pain, bloating, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, rectal bleeding, and fever. Corhn’s disease also has periods of remission and relapse. Treatment for IBD includes proper diet, medication, emotional support, and in severe cases, surgery and now remicade is now available.

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