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    Monday, February 15, 2010

    5 Tips on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    1. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammation of the small or large intestine that may cause these symptoms:

    • Diarrhea
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Sharp abdominal pain or cramping
    • Intestinal obstruction
    • Fever
    See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms

    2. There are two types of IBD:
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Starts in rectum and spreads upward
    • Affects men more than women
    • Crohn's Disease
    • More patchy inflammation
    • Can start anywhere in the digestive tract
    • Affects women more than men

    3. The cause of IBD is unknown. What is known about IBD includes the following:
    • IBD is not Contagious.
    • IBD is not caused by diet.
    • IBD is not a form of cancer.
    • IBD affects young and old alike.
    • IBD can usually be treated with medicine but sometimes requires surgery.

    4. Diagnosis of IBD is based on:
    • Family history, travel history, current medications
    • Stool sample to rule out infection
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy and biopsy to rule out cancer and to identify
    • IBD
    • X-ray studies

    5. Treatment of IBD may include:
    • Medications to reduce or eliminate inflammation
    • Special diet or elemental formula diet
    • Surgery

    Time is critical. If you suspect IBD, call your doctor

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    For any treatment of your own medical condition you must visit your local doctor, with or without our article[s]. These articles are not to be taken as individual medical advice.

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