Inflammatory bowel disease, sometimes referred to as IBD, is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation of parts of the digestive tract. Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of IBD. Symptoms can include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. IBD treatment will vary depending upon which condition is diagnosed.
Ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining of the large intestine (the colon), causing the tissues to become inflamed, leading to sores or ulcers. These ulcers tend to be long-lasting and may cause significant symptoms.
Crohn’s Disease is deep inflammation in all or some parts of the digestive tract, often spreading deeper 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, but other areas can be affected.