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What causes inflammatory bowel disease?

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of diseases where your intestines become inflamed. It’s unknown what causes it. Bacteria, viruses, antigen, or other agents may trigger your immune system to set off a reaction in your intestinal tract, which digests foods and handles waste. Recent studies show some combination of hereditary, genetic, and/or environmental factors may be behind IBD. It could also be that the body's own tissue causes your immune system to turn against your own body.

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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