Inflammatory Bowel (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) describes conditions with chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The two most common IBDs are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. Ulcerative Colitis usually involves only the colon and lower intestine, while Crohn's can occur throughout the digestive tract. IBD can occur at any age but often begins in teenage or young adult years.

Symptoms could include: Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea, Fever, Rectal Bleeding, Weight Loss, Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia.

Digestive Health Tips From Our Staff

Heartburn: If you are experiencing heartburn, “do not discount the need for an upper GI endoscopy to rule out abnormal pathology.”

 

Heartburn is a common affliction for many people, but if left untreated it can lead to complications such as Barrett’s Esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.