What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) consists primarily of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). Both are complex disorders with unique genetic and immunologic features. Crohn’s can result in inflammation (or swelling) of the colon and small intestine. UC primarily affects the colon. Both can cause problems throughout the body such as anemia, arthritis, abdominal pain, liver inflammation, eye inflammation and osteoporosis.

Although Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are very different, they do share similar symptoms, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

If you or your doctor thinks you might have IBD, please call Feinstein IBD Center, where our experts can diagnose and develop a treatment plan specifically for you. The earlier a diagnosis is made and the more effective the first treatment, the better for you in the long run. If any treatment prescribed by your doctor is no longer working, it’s important to talk to us about transitioning to more effective therapies to avoid long-term damage. Ultimately, we want you to have the greatest chance of managing your symptoms and managing this disease.