What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory bowel disease involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease with inflammation that may be penetrate through the entire thickness of the intestine and can affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. It most commonly affects the small intestine but often affects the colon. Some patients may also get sores or openings around the anus. It is a chronic condition that may come back at various times throughout a person’s lifetime. Crohn’s disease symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and growth failure. Learn more about Crohn’s.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease with inflammation affecting the inner lining of the large intestine (colon), often including the rectum. It is a chronic condition that may require attention throughout a person’s lifetime. Ulcerative colitis symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea with blood and mucous in the stool. Learn more about ulcerative colitis.