Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term used to represent a group of disorders in your intestines that cause inflammation of the digestive tract, the two main illnesses associated with this condition are Ulcerative colitis which affects the colon and Chron’s disease which will effect your whole digestive system.
Other IBD conditions such as Collagenous colitis and Lymphotic Colitis are less common and the inflammation can only be seen through a microscope.
The main symptoms of IBD include pain, swelling or cramping in the abdomen, recurring diarrhoea, weightloss and severe tiredness. A patient may experience additional symptoms such as vomiting or high temperature.
Symptoms can vary in terms of frequency therefore you may have periods of time where symptoms are severe or others where you show few or no symptoms.
The causes of IBD are not clear however factors such as genes and a disruption to the immune system (the body’s defence system attacking the healthy tissue in the digestive system when fighting a virus) may contribute to this.
At the Hadley Wood Hospital our consultants are professionally trained with many years experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients and tailor each service to their needs.
Currently there is no cure for symptoms of IBD however treatment is given with the aim of removing symptoms and and stop them from arising again. If you have mild ulcerative colitis it is possible it may clear up after a few days therefore treatment may not be needed.
Medicines can be prescribed to reduce inflammation or the activity in the immune system.
If a patients digestive system is damaged you may require surgery to repair this and treat the issues associated with your condition.