What is IBD and how is it treated? | Summa Health System

Digest This, presented by Summa Health System. More than one million Americans suffer from
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. IBD is a general term that describes conditions
with chronic and recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The two most common
are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The cause of IBD remains unclear. There is
likely a genetic and environmental component to developing IBD. An abnormal response by
the body’s immune system is a common feature of IBD. Patients with IBD can present with diarrhea,
abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss and blood in the stool. This condition is life long
and without treatment, symptoms could get worse and result in severe complications. Treatment of IBD can involve medications and/or
surgery. It is important to identify this condition early and receive effective treatment.
Talk to your doctor if you suspect you may suffer from IBD. Help is available. Visit Summahealth.org/DigestThis to learn

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