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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is the chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is a non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestine. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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What is the treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

What is the treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

1: Common causes of ibd are crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Various treatments include steroids, mesalamine, immunosuppressants and biologic agents. It is best for you to consult your gastroenterologist since ibd treatment requires a very personalized approach. ...Read more

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Can inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) cause inability to gain weight? Especially muscle mass? Negative for celiac.

Can inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) cause inability to gain weight? Especially muscle mass? Negative for celiac.

It can: For several reasons, patients with ibd are at risk for malnutrition and weight loss. We call this failure to thrive. The inflammation of the lining of the intestine can result in poor absorption of nutrients and vitamins. The chronic inflammation has a high metabolic cost. It burns up calories. Keeping the disease under control, with medication and proper diet helps. ...Read more

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What are diseases or causes that produce a chronic bowel ulcers (4 years) associated with non bloody diarrhea other than TB or ibd?

What are diseases or causes that produce a chronic bowel ulcers (4 years) associated with non bloody diarrhea other than TB or ibd?

UC and Crohn's : Ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease are the 2 low hanging fruit. Tb of the gut is very rare. A biopsy of one of the ulcer bed is usually what is called for, and the pathology helps diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between ibd and celiac disease? How is celiac diagnosed? ( since i think colonoscopy is for large intestine only? )

Similar symptoms: Ibd and celiac disease have been reported together in some patients. Some patients with ibd have also reported a relapse in symptoms on gluten free diet, but a direct relationship has not been definitively established. Celiac disease is diagnosed with the combination of upper endoscopy, duodenum (small intestine) biopsy, and blood test for celiac antibodies. ...Read more

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I have IBD, and I have a recent increase in bowel activity. Should I increase my pentasa?

I have IBD, and I have a recent increase in bowel activity. Should I increase my pentasa?

Well : Only your treating physician who knows your case should give you advice or treatment . To change your medications it's not wise to self medicate or change medications dosages on your own ...Read more

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Please, what methods can be used to diagnose ibd in small bowel without radiation?

Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal endoscopy has a pivotal role in the diagnosis of suspected inflammatory bowel disease (ibd). Colonoscopy with ileoscopy, upper endoscopy (egd), and enteroscopy (small bowel endoscopy) with biopsy will assist with diagnosis, staging of severity of disease, evaluation and treatment of strictures, detection of postoperative recurrence ; assessment of the efficacy of medical therapy. ...Read more

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Chronic bowel pain cramps and recurrent D. Comes in phases, max a month symptom free. No food triggers done elimination diet to rule out. Ibs or ibd?

Chronic bowel pain cramps and recurrent D. Comes in phases, max a month symptom free. No food triggers done elimination diet to rule out. Ibs or ibd?

IBS/IBS: 20 yo female has abdominal cramps & diarrhea. These symptoms can be seen in both IBS & IBD. The standard answer is that IBS is a functional disorder absent tissue pathology changes & IBD has inflammatory characteristics seen upon endoscopy & biopsy. The causes of both IBS & IBD are unknown. In my opinion they are all on a continuous spectrum, & autonomic nervous system dysfunction is etiologic. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more