Inflammatory Bowel Disease or “IBD”
Inflammatory bowel disease is the term mainly used to describe two conditions: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are chronic diseases of the gut.
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) should not be confused with irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the colon. IBS is not characterized by intestinal inflammation so patients do not have rectal bleeding, weight loss or abnormal blood tests.