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Washington University inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialists provide clinical care for chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. We provide exceptional care by integrating medical and surgical services, and offer patients access to novel therapies in clinical research trials.There are two recognized forms of IBD:
- Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, predominates in the small intestines and colon, but may occur anywhere in the GI tract. The symptoms depend on the location of the diseased bowel. Abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss are common. Sometimes diarrhea, fever, rectal bleeding or disease around the anal canal may occur.
- Ulcerative colitis is characterized by inflammation of the large intestine or colon. The lining of the colon becomes red and swollen, sometimes ulcerated. This causes diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum. Weight loss and fatigue are also frequent.