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What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

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Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Colon inflammation: In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of ibd are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Answered 1/31/2017

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Not understood: Although extensively studied, ibd, is not completely understood. It primarily occurs in 2 different forms known as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. The end result is chronic but intermittent inflammation in the terminal small intestines or large intestines. It is commonly manifested by pain with bloody mucous stools. The exact cause of the inflammation is not similar to autoimmune disease.

Answered 8/20/2013

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