Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) consists of two main diseases - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. IBD occurs when certain changes in your genes make your immune system react inappropriately to the bacteria normally found in your intestines. Instead of protecting your body from infection, as they normally should, your white blood cells cause inflammation and injury to your bowel.
Patients come to us with a variety of symptoms, most commonly diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, and bleeding with bowel movements. Since IBD is a chronic condition and can increase your risk of colon cancer, it is important to get regular examinations by a gastroenterologist with expertise in IBD.
For more information see: