Imflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions frequently produce symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. These conditions can often be difficult to diagnose due to their similarity to other conditions.

Crohn’s disease is  a disease that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It occurs in continuous stretches of the colon, unlike Crohn's disease, which occurs in patches anywhere in the digestive tract. 

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