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Are there complications associated with inflammatory bowel disease?

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that affect your digestive tract. It can cause cramps, diarrhea, pain, and an urge to poop. It’s a long-term condition that can lead to several serious complications. They include:

IBD, particularly a type called ulcerative colitis, also makes you more likely to get colon cancer. IBD can also affect other parts of your body, including your joints, eyes, skin, liver, and kidneys.

  • Intestinal bleeding from ulcers
  • Perforated or ruptured bowel
  • Narrowing and obstruction of the bowel (if you have a type of IBD called Crohn's disease)
  • Fistulae (abnormal passages) and perianal disease, disease in the tissue around the anus
  • Toxic megacolon, which is an extreme dilation of the colon that can be deadly
  • Malnutrition

From: Inflammatory Bowel Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:  National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health. FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America."Maintenance Therapy." "What is Crohn's Disease?" "What is Ulcerative Colitis?"  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

SOURCE:  National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health. FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America."Maintenance Therapy." "What is Crohn's Disease?" "What is Ulcerative Colitis?"  



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 16, 2019

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