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What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

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The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) covers a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen), probably as a result of an immune reaction of the body against its own tissue.

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WomensHealth.gov: "Inflammatory bowel disease fact sheet."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Introduction to IBS: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Testing."

Inflammatory Bowel Disease from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: "Inflammatory bowel disease fact sheet."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "Introduction to IBS: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Testing."

Inflammatory Bowel Disease from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

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