The cause of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease, is not known. Studies suggest they are caused by a combination of things, including genes, environmental factors, and problems with the immune system.
There is strong evidence to suggest a genetic basis for IBD, including:
No one diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis understands everything about their condition. Scientists and doctors don’t. Researchers have spent millions trying to figure it out.
So when someone doesn’t know what IBD is all about -- that those letters stand for inflammatory bowel disease, or that it's an umbrella term for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis -- we shouldn’t be surprised.
These diseases are complicated. They look different with every person. And they’re often uncomfortable...