Clinical Pearl of the Day: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD: Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
- Types of IBD include:
- Ulcerative colitis: A condition that causes inflammation and ulcers along the large intestine and rectum
- Crohn disease: A condition causing inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, especially the deeper layers
- Symptoms of IBD include diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, cramping, blood in stool, reduced appetite, and weight loss.
- Treatment options: Anti-inflammatory drugs, immune suppressants, biologic drugs, antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-diarrheal drugs, vitamins and supplements.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic