Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic

Experts in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic use state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose and treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and pouchitis.

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What is IBD?

There are many types of IBD, which consists of chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. IBD that involves inflammation and sores (ulcers) along the superficial lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum is called ulcerative colitis. IBD that involves inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, and often involves deeper layers of the digestive tract, is called Crohn's disease.

IBD is usually characterized by:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss

Consultants in the London Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic know that the condition can be debilitating and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. They will take the time to understand the depth of your disease and apply the latest diagnostic techniques to discover your exact condition.

Common disorders seen in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic include:

Treatment

Once your gastroenterologist discovers the type and severity of your IBD, you may be recommended for a single treatment or combination of treatments. In general, the goal is to reduce inflammation that causes the signs and symptoms you experience. In the best cases, treatment provides not only symptom relief but also long-term remission.

IBD treatment often involves:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Immune system suppressors
  • Biologics
  • Antibiotics
  • Other medications and supplements, such as anti-diarrheal medications and pain relievers
  • Surgery

Read more about IBD at MayoClinic.org