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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

Endoscopy w/ biopsy: Clinical history, signs, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all be suggestive of ibd; but proper diagnosis is made after endoscopy with histology. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
465 Doctors shared insights

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Before you reach for that cigarette, think about your last flare of inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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What are some of the risk factors for getting Inflammatory bowel disease?

What are some of the risk factors for getting Inflammatory bowel disease?

The risk factors for getting Inflammatory bowel disease include:: Cigarette smoking, NSAIDs, Birth Control pills, Infection. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

True inflammatory bowel disease is not avoidable. If you have it it can usually be controlled. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Do not be embarrassed to discuss your issues with your healthcare professional
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Avoid trigger foods and activities
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Use over-the-counter bulking agents like fiber
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Use over-the-counter antidiarrheals
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How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

Variable: The symptoms can be highly variable from one person to another. There can be mild symptoms of abdominal gas and diarrhea. There can be more abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea in others. There can be signs of intestinal blockage in advanced cases. There can be little or feelings in some cases. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea always more of a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease or can constipation be the main symptom?

Is diarrhea always more of a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease or can constipation be the main symptom?

Usually diarrhea...: Ulcerative colitis starts in the rectum, progresses up; hallmark is diarrhea, often bloody. May have tenesmus ("dry heaves of the rectum")-urge to go, but not much to show for it. Crohn's disease usually has diarrhea, but not always-depends on location and extent. May present with pain, fever, weight loss, lack of growth in kids. Crohn's can cause narrowing, strictures in bowel. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Don't smoke. If you have inflammatory bowel disease it is important not to smoke. ...See more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Welker Dr. Welker
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease is not something we know how to prevent...We don't know what causes it. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Yes: But this is not common these days. However if the inflammatory process is not treated it can cause severe malnutriton, weight loss, anemia, and possibly progress to toxic megacolon and perforation which is fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to feed a person diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: You would need to see your doctor and likely a gastroenterologist who specializes in these conditions. There are different types of inflammarory bowel diseases, and medical therapy or medications are usually used. Colonoscopy surveillance may be indicated. Surgery only used if there are complicating factors such as bleeding or obstruction or increased cancer risks. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Surgery is not inevitable if you are pro-active with your inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Why is the p-anca test included in the inflammatory bowel disease panel that I just had done by labcorp?

Correlation: Low-level anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies of varying specificities, including anti-lysozyme and anti-myeloperoxidase, are often found in ulcerative colitis and sclerosing cholangitis. It's good to check as they support the diagnosis and may eventually be guides to treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

Endoscopy w/ biopsy: Clinical history, signs, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all be suggestive of ibd; but proper diagnosis is made after endoscopy with histology. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease is much less common in third world countries. ...See more

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I have inflammatory bowel disease. Is pregnancy and delivery safe?

Pregnancy and IBD: If the ibd is controlled, pregnancy is very safe. But keep in mind that occasional flare ups may occur (although rare). The pregnancy should be carefully monitored by a perinatologist and gastroenterologist since there is a potential obstetric complications. ...Read more

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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Ibs and inflammatory bowel disease often respond to discontinuation of milk and milk products. ...See more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease?

How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Medications: Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira (adalimumab). Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

Many options: 1. 5-asa medications (sulfasalazine, asacol, (mesalamine) pentasa) may work for mild ulcerative colitis (uc), but not crohn's disease.
2. Steroids work, but are only useful for short course because of side effects.
3. Azathioprine (imuran), 6-mp, Methotrexate are often effective, and reduce the need for steroids.
4. Remicade, Humira are often effective for crohn's, sometimes for uc.
5. Surgery if needed. ...Read more

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