Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause chronic (long-term) inflammation of the digestive tract.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common Inflammatory bowel disease conditions. The cause of IBD is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by an immune system that is not functioning properly.
Both diseases appear to run in families and can be influenced by environmental factors such as emotional stress. Neither disease is contagious.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are similar, so an accurate diagnosis is crucial to developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
Experts at the UK HealthCare Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic can diagnose and treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis symptoms. The clinic allows patients to see a gastroenterologist and a surgeon in one visit, if needed. Specialists work together to offer patients the most up-to-date information on the latest diagnosis and treatment methods.