What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions frequently produce symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. These conditions can often be difficult to diagnose due to their similarity to other conditions.
Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation to any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum. The inflammation can occur in patches.
Ulcerative colitis is inflammation that only occurs in the colon, and as a continuous inflammation. This is different from Crohn's disease, which occurs in patches anywhere in the digestive tract.
Minnesota Gastroenterology, Experts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Minnesota Gastroenterology is an acknowledged leader in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. A variety of medications are available to obtain and maintain remission in an effort to avoid steroid use and surgeries. Some of these medications are taken at home and others are given at our infusion centers. You and your doctor will discuss what is the best option for your disease. At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we specialize in providing effective, cutting-edge treatment options for our IBD patients.
For More Information
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America