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How can inflammatory bowel diseases trigger problems elsewhere in the body?

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You know the main symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). But did you know that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis -- both of which are IBDs -- can trigger problems elsewhere in your body? They can show up before you even know you have an IBD, or not until years after your diagnosis. Many of these issues go away when you get your irritable bowel disease under control. That’s because treating the inflammation that goes along with an IBD can help manage it in other parts of your body, too.

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., Gastroenterology & Hepatology, April 2011.

Vavricka, Stephan R., Inflammatory Bowel Disease, August 2015.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2020

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., Gastroenterology & Hepatology, April 2011.

Vavricka, Stephan R., Inflammatory Bowel Disease, August 2015.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2020

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