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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an ongoing or chronic health problem that causes inflammation and swelling in the digestive tract. The irritation causes bleeding sores called ulcers to form along the digestive tract. This in turn can cause crampy, abdominal pain and severe bloody diarrhea.

There are two main types of inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). The diseases are very similar. In fact, doctors often have a hard time figuring out which type of IBD a person has. The main difference between UC and CD is the area of the digestive tract they affect. CD can occur along the entire digestive tract and spread deep into the bowel wall. In contrast, UC usually only affects the top layer of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Medicine can control the symptoms of IBD in most women. But for people who have severe IBD, surgery is sometimes needed. Over the course of a person's life, the symptoms of IBD often come and go. With close monitoring and medicines, most people with IBD lead full and active lives.
Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease continues to increase in Denmark, research reveals

Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease continues to increase in Denmark, research reveals

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Detrimental impact of iron deficiency made aware by Vifor Pharma at a series of events

Detrimental impact of iron deficiency made aware by Vifor Pharma at a series of events

Lower vitamin D levels increase risk of clinical relapse in Ulcerative Colitis patients, study finds

Lower vitamin D levels increase risk of clinical relapse in Ulcerative Colitis patients, study finds

Research: Many ulcerative colitis patients taking conventional treatments describe disease as 'poorly controlled'

Research: Many ulcerative colitis patients taking conventional treatments describe disease as 'poorly controlled'

Discovery of 'molecular switch' could lead to effective new treatments for auto-immune diseases

Discovery of 'molecular switch' could lead to effective new treatments for auto-immune diseases

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

IBD patients have less stable gut microbiome than healthy people, study shows

IBD patients have less stable gut microbiome than healthy people, study shows

Researchers identify E. coli bacteria linking Crohn's disease to spondyloarthritis

Researchers identify E. coli bacteria linking Crohn's disease to spondyloarthritis

Researchers uncover key molecular pathways behind gut bacterial imbalance during inflammation

Researchers uncover key molecular pathways behind gut bacterial imbalance during inflammation

Food: the good, the bad and the ugly

Food: the good, the bad and the ugly

UT Southwestern scientists discover gene that protects gut from IBD

UT Southwestern scientists discover gene that protects gut from IBD

Virginia Tech researchers find new strategy to prevent inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer

Virginia Tech researchers find new strategy to prevent inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer

FishTaco method pinpoints bacterial species responsible for each functional imbalance in microbiome

FishTaco method pinpoints bacterial species responsible for each functional imbalance in microbiome

Researchers uncover two factors that play crucial role in chronic autoimmune disorders

Researchers uncover two factors that play crucial role in chronic autoimmune disorders

Researchers develop first sensor that can identify IBD and distinguish between two subtypes

Researchers develop first sensor that can identify IBD and distinguish between two subtypes

MMP9 enzyme could suppress tumors in colitis associated cancer, new study finds

MMP9 enzyme could suppress tumors in colitis associated cancer, new study finds

Powerful version of anti-inflammatory molecule may help protect vision in diabetic retinopathy

Powerful version of anti-inflammatory molecule may help protect vision in diabetic retinopathy

New diet could treat pediatric patients with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

New diet could treat pediatric patients with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

New evidence may explain how gut microorganisms affect human physiology

New evidence may explain how gut microorganisms affect human physiology