Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions frequently produce symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. These conditions can often be difficult to diagnose due to their similarity to other conditions.

Crohn’s disease is an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It occurs in continuous stretches of the colon, unlike Crohn’s disease, which occurs in patches anywhere in the digestive tract.

Minnesota Gastroenterology, Experts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Minnesota Gastroenterology is an acknowledged leader in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. A variety of medications are available to obtain and maintain remission in an effort to avoid steroid use and surgeries. At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we specialize in providing effective, leading edge alternatives for our IBD patients.

Minnesota Gastroenterology maintains one of the largest regional registries of IBD patient who are receiving immunomodulator therapy (mercaptopurine and azathioprine). These medications induce remission and maintain good health, without steroids and with minimal side effects.

For more advanced treatment, we maintain three infusion centers for the administration of infliximab (Remicade®), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) and natalizumab (Tysabri®), which are biological anti-inflammatory treatments used to induce and maintain IBD remission.

For More Information

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America www.ccfa.org 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.964.887)

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