What Are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

What Are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

What is Crohn's Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease? When it comes to explaining Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis symptoms to friends and family, it is easiest to describe the basics. So, what exactly are the conditions and what do patients with them go through?

Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis fall under the category of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Inflammatory bowel disease is considered an autoimmune disease and a chronic inflammatory digestive condition. There is not an exact known cause for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and there is no cure.

Crohn’s disease can affect patients from head to toe, from the eyes to your shins, your mouth to your rectum, and everything in between. Patients can have symptoms inside and outside the body, but the problems are primarily in the gastrointestinal tract and colon. 
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