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What symptoms are experienced by ibd patients?

What symptoms are experienced by ibd patients?

Wide variety: Ibd is a spectrum of diseases that includes crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis. These disease may vary in their distribution and associated symptoms. Because it represents inflammation of the GI tract - and pain, diarrhea, bleeding and wt loss is common. It can also have extra intestinal manifestations - skin, eyes, joints, liver. ...Read more

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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 cancer risk in ibd patients?

What is the cancer risk in ibd patients?

Increased with time: Colon ca risk is increased in ulc colitis (uc) and crohn's colitis (cd). Risk increases by .5-1%/yr above general public, after 8-10 years after diagnosis. Small bowel cd has increased risk of small bowel ca; cd has increased risk lymphatic ca (lymphoma). Generally recommend annual colonoscopy/biopsy after 8-10 years of disease. Risk ca increased more in diffuse uc vs. Left sided disease. ...Read more

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As a patient of ibd if I do an operation what is the effect of it? Thanks

As a patient of ibd if I do an operation what is the effect of it? Thanks

IBD : You didn't mention which ibd you have? Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis! how long you have the disease? I don't see you taking any medication, at least not from this history. Are you on remission or relapse? Why do you want surgery? Please leave up to your doctor, who is treating you, to decide when you need surgery. Some have good result and some don't. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ibd patient on prednisone for 4 mos MRI now shows osteonecrosis is this reversible or how is it treated now off prednisone will it continue worsening?

Ibd patient on prednisone for 4 mos MRI now shows osteonecrosis is this reversible or how is it treated now off prednisone will it continue worsening?

It is not reversible: Osteonecrosis actually denotes death of bone. It is not uncommon that with prolonged cortisone use osteonecrosis of bone may occur it is most often seen in the hip. Once it develops it is not reversible. It often leads to chronic pain and may ultimately cause painful arthritis. In its end stages joint replacement may be needed. ...Read more

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What is likely hood of patient with undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease to have normal blood tests levels ?

What is likely hood of patient with undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease to have normal blood tests levels ?

Depends on disease: activity. A person with quiescent disease is likely to have normal blood test results for the routine tests. ...Read more

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Can you have ibd and only get symptoms along with a flare every few months?

Yes: inflammatory bowel disease can have a highly variable presentation. Some people will only have rare bouts while others may have constant symptoms with minimal response to therapy. ...Read more

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What are symptoms if ibd in a child with arthritis?

What are symptoms if ibd in a child with arthritis?

Many: Symptoms of ibd in a child can be very subtle. Linear growth delay, poor weight gain, iron deficiency anemia, decreased bone density...To name a few. Of course there is abdominal pain, blood in the stools, and diarrhea but these are more overt signs. ...Read more

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Ibd-crohn's and uc-how early are symptoms diagnosed?

Several steps.: Disease is diagnosed by compatible history ( abdominal pain, diarrhea, mucous, blood in stools, presence of extraintestinal sx) followed by exam to exclude other potential causes then endoscopy to evaluate the lining of the gut and obtain biopsy. ...Read more

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I have suspected ibd & have to wait 4 weeks for a sigmoidoscopy to confirm, is there anything I can do to eas symptoms whilst waiting for diagnosis?

Yes: There are many treatments for ibd, but i would not recommend that they be started until a firm diagnosis is made as the medications can often have side effects. A sigmoidoscopy can be useful for one type of ibd (ulcerative colitis), but a full colonoscopy isoften needed to diagnoise crohn's disease, another type of ibd. If you are having diarrhea, and your doctor has ruled out infection, immodium. ...Read more

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How can tell apart IBS and IBD symptoms ?

They're similar: You really tell them apart, you need testing such as CT scan and colonoscopy. That being said, some forms of IBS include constipation which is not typically a component of IBD such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's. But ultimately, you really need testing. ...Read more