Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects about 1.6 to 1.8 million Americans, is a group of chronic conditions that impacts the colon and small intestine. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both conditions affect the large intestine, but Crohn’s also can affect the entire digestive tract.
IBD is a lifelong condition that can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, pain, and fatigue. There are, however, treatments that can help patients manage these symptoms and make life more comfortable.
In the following video, Dr. Joshua Korzenik, Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Crohn’s and Colitis Center, discusses the major causes of IBD, innovative treatment approaches, and what’s being done to improve IBD care.
- Chris P.