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

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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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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Is it possible for me to have ibd, such as Crohn's disease?

See your doctor: To diagnose ibd, after your doctor takes a history and performs a physical exam, he may refer you for a colonoscopy. This procedure views the colon in its entirety, and biopsies can be performed for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you have chrons disease or any ibd without having diahrea?

Yes: It is one of the most common symptoms , but not an absolute. Abdominal pain is probably more common. If you are raising this question you should go see you md and have a discussion. ...Read more

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Does an ibd serology that shows Crohn's disease mean I have it?

Does an ibd serology that shows Crohn's disease mean I have it?

Usually: But not always. All blood tests have a false positive rate. An ibd panel result needs to be interpreted in light of other diagnostic information. ...Read more

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Does an ibd serology that shows consistency with Crohn's disease mean I have it?

Higher likelihood.: The serology panels are not meant to be diagnostic. They are generally used in confirmation of diagnosis, or to help clarify a case of inflammatory bowel disease that is indeterminate. ...Read more

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Is coffee bad for IBD such as the Crohn's disease? Can I have 2 to 3 cups a day?

Is coffee bad for IBD such as the Crohn's disease? Can I have  2  to  3 cups a day?

Depends on symptoms: There have not been enough studies done on the relationship between caffeine and Crohn's yet, but there are a few things to consider whether to keep with the habit or stop. Caffeine can worsen your diarrhea, make digestion worse, and dehydrate you. You could do a trial off of it and see if you feel better or worse. If you are fairly well controlled it's probably fine but something to think about. ...Read more

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