Care for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and IBS
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is actually a group of disorders that cause swelling and inflammation in the intestines and affect about 1 million Americans. Often confused with IBS, IBD refers mainly to two chronic digestive diseases:
CROHN’S DISEASE can affect any part of the GI tract and causes inflammation that extends deeper into the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS affects the inner lining of the large intestine (colon), causing it to become inflamed and develop ulcers.
HOW IS IBS DIFFERENT FROM IBD?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that causes the colon to function improperly. It affects people of all ages – about 5 million Americans. Although IBS doesn’t damage the digestive tract or cause other health problems, symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Some common symptoms are:
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Difficult, infrequent or altered bowel habits
- Pellet-shaped or ribbon-shaped stool
- Diarrhea or frequent loose stools
- Gas and bloating
- Mucus in stool
Treatments offered for IBD/IBS include:
- Infusion therapy
- Diet and medication therapy
Our gastroenterologists diagnose and differentiate these disorders and treat them with upper and lower endoscopy. If you think you may have one of these conditions, call Utah Gastroenterology at 801-944-3199 for information or an appointment. For your convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form to book your preferred consultation time with a GI doctor. Our IBD/IBS patients come to us from Millcreek, Murray, Sandy, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Draper, Riverton, St. George, West Jordan and Cottonwood.