Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Over a million Americans suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is a condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

The two main types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. These two diseases are similar, but there are important differences. The inflammation in Crohn's disease may be extensive, involving any part or multiple parts of the entire GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. It may extend more deeply into the bowel wall. By contrast, the inflammation in ulcerative colitis is more shallow and is limited to the colon, also known as the large bowel (or large intestine).

(Note that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not the same as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)—they may seem similar, but they are completely different diseases. Some patients have both disorders.)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease may be challenging for patients. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic diseases that may flare-up repeatedly over time. These conditions cannot be ignored—they require a lifetime of care and monitoring.

The good news is that the newer therapies for IBD are much more effective at relieving symptoms and helping patients avoid surgery and hospitalizations. Effective treatments may reduce disease activity, decrease complications, and give individuals with IBD a more predictable and active everyday life.

One of the best ways to achieve effective comprehensive care is to educate yourself and to build a long-term relationship with a GI specialist in IBD.

Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Learn more about treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Temple.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple Digestive Disease Center Physician, click here or call 800-TEMPLE-MED [800-836-7536].