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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.
Onset of inflammatory bowel disease in adulthood tied to higher mortality

Onset of inflammatory bowel disease in adulthood tied to higher mortality

Adult-onset inflammatory bowel disease tied to higher mortality

Adult-onset inflammatory bowel disease tied to higher mortality

Stool transplant found safe and effective in children with C. difficile infections

Stool transplant found safe and effective in children with C. difficile infections

Study reveals increased risk of cancer, early death in young patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Study reveals increased risk of cancer, early death in young patients with inflammatory bowel disease

CU Anschutz researchers identify new immunodeficiency disease

CU Anschutz researchers identify new immunodeficiency disease

Innovative 'gut-on-a-chip' technology will help better understand Crohn's disease

Innovative 'gut-on-a-chip' technology will help better understand Crohn's disease

Treatment with antibiotic reduces the size of endometriosis-related lesions in mice

Treatment with antibiotic reduces the size of endometriosis-related lesions in mice

Researchers examine the barriers to vaccination in immunocompromised children

Researchers examine the barriers to vaccination in immunocompromised children

UVA researchers shed light on why C. difficile infections are so dangerous

UVA researchers shed light on why C. difficile infections are so dangerous

Gut bacteria and pregnancy

Gut bacteria and pregnancy

£1.8 million award to boost Crohn's disease research

£1.8 million award to boost Crohn's disease research

Patent-pending probiotic could help patients with gastrointestinal diseases avoid harmful biofilms

Patent-pending probiotic could help patients with gastrointestinal diseases avoid harmful biofilms

Surprising discovery offers clues to limit graft-vs.-host disease

Surprising discovery offers clues to limit graft-vs.-host disease

Umass Amherst food scientist honored with 2019 Young Scientist Research Award

Umass Amherst food scientist honored with 2019 Young Scientist Research Award

Colorectal cancer diagnosed at early age is distinct from that in older patients

Colorectal cancer diagnosed at early age is distinct from that in older patients

Common fungus found on skin may cause inflammatory bowel disease

Common fungus found on skin may cause inflammatory bowel disease

New mathematical method to map cell regulatory networks

New mathematical method to map cell regulatory networks

Low-calorie 'fasting-mimicking' diet has potential to treat people with IBD

Low-calorie 'fasting-mimicking' diet has potential to treat people with IBD

New approach to tackling chronic inflammatory diseases

New approach to tackling chronic inflammatory diseases

Research reveals how metabolites can be used to inhibit epigenetic mechanisms and treat MS

Research reveals how metabolites can be used to inhibit epigenetic mechanisms and treat MS