Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause inflammation or ulceration of the digestive tract. Depending on the type of IBD, any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus may be affected. The small and large intestines, the rectum, and the anus are the sites most often affected.

The most common types of inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is more common than Crohn's disease. Doctors may use other names, such as proctitis (inflammation of the rectal lining) or ileitis (inflammation of part of the small bowel), to describe IBD in a specific part of the intestine.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Crohn's Disease
Ulcerative Colitis

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have surgery to cure ulcerative colitis?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Caring for your ostomy
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Abdominal X-Ray
Barium Enema
Colonoscopy
Complete Blood Count
Sedimentation Rate
Sigmoidoscopy
Stool Analysis
Upper Gastrointestinal Series

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

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medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American College of Gastroenterology
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Inc.
MEDLINEplus—Crohn’s Disease
MEDLINEplus—Ulcerative Colitis
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
United Ostomy Association

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

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