Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of medical conditions affecting the small intestine and colon. The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are autoimmune diseases that wear down the bowels, in some cases, leading to fatal complications.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis account for the vast majority of cases of IBD, but there are a few rarer conditions as well. The primary difference between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is that Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, even the mouth, while ulcerative colitis only occurs in the colon and rectum. Ulcerative colitis only affects the lining of the intestine, while Crohn’s affects the entire wall.
In many ways Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are very different diseases, but they both present many of the same symptoms. Both can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, vomiting, and weight loss. They can also trigger other diseases, such as the liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis and arthritis.
People living with IBD require special medical treatment to prevent dangerous complications, but many patients find it difficult to meet their medical expenses. Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis require immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent further damage to the intestines. In many cases surgery is necessary.
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