Starship Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are a group of conditions that cause long-term inflammation of the intestines (bowel). The condition can affect only the large bowel (ulcerative colitis) or any part of the entire digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus (Crohn's disease).
Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease may include: frequent bowel motions that may contain blood or mucous, abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, and fatigue. The inflammation can also affect other parts of the body, such as the eyes or joints, and may cause a form of arthritis.
Inflammatory bowel disease is treated with medications and sometimes with a change in diet. In some cases, surgery may be needed.