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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of diseases that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The goal ofmedical treatment of IBD is to suppress inflammation.

Crohn’s disease (CD) causes inflammation of the digestive system and can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum. It can occur in people of all age groups but is most often diagnosed in young adults. Common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and diarrhea. Bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems and fever may also occur. Children with the disease may have growth problems. Other problems can include intestinal blockage and malnutrition.

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