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

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Not usually

As diarrhea is more common.
That being said cd may present with constipation.

In brief: Not usually

As diarrhea is more common.
That being said cd may present with constipation.
Dr. Jason Hemming
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