Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract. The two main disorders within the umbrella term of IBD are Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Patients with IBD can experience severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract inflammation, abdominal pain and cramping, and irregular bowel movements among other symptoms. It is estimated that 1 million Americans suffer from IBD.

To learn more about Crohn’s disease, visit the Crohn’s disease condition center, or check out our slideshow about Crohn’s and the microbiome.

To learn more about ulcerative colitis, visit the ulcerative colitis condition center.

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Risk Factors For Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Diagnosing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

Care Guide

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For Your Doctor

Questions For A Doctor