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What is inflammatory bowel disease?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: IBD defined

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Briefly ibd is a spectum of inflammatory diseases of GI tract. At one end of the spectrum is ulcerative colitis---a disease confined to the mucosal surface of colon. At the opposite end of the spectrum is crohn's disease--a transmural (full thickness) inflammation of any part of GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both are systemic & increase colon cancer risk.

In brief: IBD defined

Earlier healthtap answers may help.
Briefly ibd is a spectum of inflammatory diseases of GI tract. At one end of the spectrum is ulcerative colitis---a disease confined to the mucosal surface of colon. At the opposite end of the spectrum is crohn's disease--a transmural (full thickness) inflammation of any part of GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both are systemic & increase colon cancer risk.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Jason Bodzin
iT IS IMPORTANT TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE 5-asa ARE THE MAINSTAY OF UC MANAGEMENT, WHILE OTHER AGENTS ARE NEEDED FOR CROHN'S DISEASE. UC IS CURED USUALLY BY ILEOANAL PULL-THRU WHILE CROHN'S FREQUENTLY HAS POST-OP RECURRENCE.

In brief: Various

Inflammatory bowel disease is most commonly considered to be either crohn's disease which can inflame any part of the intestine from mouth to anus, or ulcerative colitis which can inflame the colon.
Both can cause abdominal cramping pains, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, rectal bleeding, etc.

In brief: Various

Inflammatory bowel disease is most commonly considered to be either crohn's disease which can inflame any part of the intestine from mouth to anus, or ulcerative colitis which can inflame the colon.
Both can cause abdominal cramping pains, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, rectal bleeding, etc.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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