Crohn's disease is an ongoing (chronic) condition that may flare up throughout your life. The course of the disease varies greatly from one person to another. Some people may have only mild symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms or complications.
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.
The course of ulcerative colitis varies greatly from one person to another. Some people may have only mild symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms or complications that, in unusual cases, may be life-threatening.
Rare complications of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) include: Problems with blood vessels,such as blood clots (thromboemboli) or inflammation of an artery. These problems are rare but can cause serious complications or even death. Scarring of the pancreas. Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart (pericarditis). Inflammation of the blood vessels ...
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