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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Center

    Medical Reference Related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    1. Ulcerative Colitis - Cause

      The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. Studies suggest that this and other inflammatory bowel diseases may result from an abnormal response by the body's immune system to normal intestinal bacteria.

    2. Crohn's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

      Factors that may increase your risk of developing Crohn's disease include having a family history of Crohn's disease and smoking cigarettes.

    3. Living With an Ostomy - Topic Overview

      If you have mild inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) and diarrhea is your main symptom,try an antidiarrheal medicine. Take antidiarrheals only under your doctor's supervision. You should not take them if you have a fever or blood in your stools. If you have been taking antidiarrheals for 10 days and still have diarrhea,check with your doctor. Some of these ...

    4. Ulcerative Colitis - When To Call a Doctor

      Ulcerative colitis can cause serious symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

    5. Ulcerative Colitis: When Surgery Is Needed - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Ulcerative Colitis: Should I Have Surgery?

    6. Crohn's Disease - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for Crohn's disease involves medications to prevent flare - ups, or maintain remission, of the disease. A few people have severe, persistent symptoms or complications that may require additional medications or surgery.

    7. Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cancer Risk - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Should I Have Tests for IBS Symptoms?

    8. Crohn's Disease - Health Tools

      This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve Crohns Disease.

    9. Ulcerative Colitis - Surgery

      Ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine, so surgery that removes the large intestine can cure the disease.

    10. Ulcerative Colitis: When Surgery Is Needed - Topic Overview

      Surgery is likely to be needed for ulcerative colitis when: Medicines and nutritional therapy have failed to manage severe symptoms. Toxic megacolon does not respond to medical treatment within 4 days (or sooner in some cases). Holes develop in the large intestine (perforation). You have colon cancer,a significantly increased risk of cancer (detected by biopsies ),or a narrowing in the ...

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