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Inflammatory bowel disease

June 15, 2022Health

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammation of the intestine of unknown origin that progresses recurrently with flare-ups, some in which the disease remains active and others with remissions in which the symptoms disappear. It can present various complications and extra-digestive manifestations that accompany the intestinal symptoms, such as fatigue or weight loss.

The latest advances indicate that it’s caused by an excessive immune response that produces lesions of variable depth and extension in your body, but especially in the intestinal area.

Some of the factors that cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease include:

 

The concept of inflammatory bowel disease applies to two nosological manifestations, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both are characterised by being diseases which, as mentioned above, affect the intestine due to a fundamentally immune-mediated cause, presenting inflammatory and chronic problems that in some cases can cause life-threatening complications for the person affected.

 

 

Some of the available ways of diagnosing these diseases include blood, urine or stool analysis, abdominal imaging and endoscopic tests. In terms of the treatments that help to mitigate the symptoms or alleviate the disease, these include antibiotics, corticosteroids and immunomodulators that help to maintain the period of remission of the disease. However, it is important to note that no two diseases are the same, just as no two patients with inflammatory bowel disease are identical. This means there is no one single treatment for all patients and that diagnosis and treatment will be decided on by a physician based on the personal characteristics of each affected person.

 

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