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Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis Information

  • Crohn's disease is a systemic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of unknown cause, that results in chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, and can also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract. The incidence of Crohn's disease in North America is 6:100,000, and is thought to be similar in Europe, but lower in Asia and Africa. Unlike the other major inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, there is no known medical or surgical cure for Crohn's disease. Many medical treatments are however available for Crohn's disease with a goal of keeping the disease in remission...

  • Ulcerative colitis (Colitis ulcerosa, UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) featuring systemic inflammation specifically causing episodic mucosal inflammation of the colon (large bowel). The inflammation almost universally affects the rectum, and may spread in a continuous fashion more proximally in the colon. It has no known cause, although there is a presumed genetic component to susceptibility. Treatment is with immunosuppression (suppressing the immune system), although colectomy (partial or total removal of the large bowel through surgery) is occasionally necessary.

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