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How else can inflammatory bowel disease affect someone?

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Apart from the gut problems, you may have:

  • Anemia
  • Gallstones and kidney stones
  • Inflamed liver
  • Inflamed or scarred bile ducts, especially if you have ulcerative colitis
  • Delayed growth or puberty in children and teens

Your doctor will help you spot these problems. They may refer you to a specialist, like a rheumatologist for your joints, a dermatologist for your skin, or an ophthalmologist for your eyes.

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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