How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

Cure for IBD? Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments.
Maintain remission. Ibd is a chronic illness like diabetes and hypertension. There is no cure to crohn's disease and the only cure for ulcerative colitis is a total colectomy. The key is maintaining remission with the proper medications.

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What is the cure for inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory. Inflammatory bowel disease is treated with a variety agents such as tnf inhibitors and sometimes surgery is required. There is no true cure as the goal is to get a patient into remission. Read more...
No easy answer. There are 2 types primarily, crohn's disease which cannot be cured and ulcerative colitis which can be cured with extensive surgery which may mean a permanent colostomy. Best to see a good GI as medication can help control the symptoms of both. Read more...

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

Not understood. Although extensively studied, ibd, is not completely understood. It primarily occurs in 2 different forms known as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. The end result is chronic but intermittent inflammation in the terminal small intestines or large intestines. It is commonly manifested by pain with bloody mucous stools. The exact cause of the inflammation is not similar to autoimmune disease. Read more...

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

Medication. Steroid forsevere flare up episodes. Maintainance drugs for suppression therapy. Talk to your doctor about these treatment plan. Read more...
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...

How exactly is inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed?

Combination . Medical and family history, exam, lab work (looking for inflammatory markers), tests (ugi, ct, MRI etc), endoscopy w biopsy. They all help narrow the diagnosis. Biopsy is most definitive but not always helpful. Read more...

Is inflammatory bowel disease an inherited condition?

Sometimes. There are genetic factors to inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and individuals with a first degree family member with ibd have a higher risk of developing ibd in their lifetime. The overall risk is still fairly low (in the 10% range). Read more...