Inflammatory bowel disease, sometimes referred to as IBD, is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation of parts or all of the digestive tract. Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of IBD. Symptoms can include severe diarrhea, pain, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. Inflammatory bowel disease, IBD treatment will vary depending upon which condition is diagnosed.
Ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining of the large intestine (the colon), causing those tissues to become inflamed and leading to sores, or ulcers. These ulcers tend to last a long time. Crohn’s Disease is deep inflammation in all or some parts of the digestive tract, often spreading deep into the layers of affected tissue. The most common areas affected in patients with Crohn’s disease are the colon and the last section of the small intestine.
Are IBD and IBS the same thing?
No. While some of the symptoms for both are the same they refer to different conditions. IBS does not cause damage to the bowel, ulcers or inflammation. IBD refers to the goup of conditions which include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. IBS is usually managed only with dietary changes and medication, while IBD may require more intensive treatment and procedures.