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Understanding Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
David M. Grunkemeier, MD

Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis, which comprise Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), are a group of diseases in which there is inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.  They most often first appear in children or young adults, but can occur for the first time in older people as well.  Depending on which disease you have, it may affect you anywhere from the mouth all the way down to the anus or perianal region.  Most often, the end of the small bowel, called the terminal ileum, or the colon is affected.  Symptoms may include diarrhea (which can be bloody),