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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Dr. Holly Atkinson Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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Inflammatory bowel disease consists of two disorders: Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBD is a disorder that over 2 million people suffer from in some shape or form and some people have very mild forms of the disorder and work extremely productive and healthy lives.

Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms mask themselves a bit differently for the two different forms. For ulcerative colitis, diarrhea is typical, including frequently bloody diarrhea. For Crohn's disease, it can present itself with many different symptoms, including abscesses or infections, urinary tract infections, or even skin outpourings from fistulae.

In this video, Dr. Mark Babyatsky explains the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and how they can affect your body. If you do have the disease, the symptoms can be set off by triggers, one of the most common being smoking cigarettes. However, IBD can be treated, so it's best to work with your doctor to find a plan that's right for you.

Duration: 03:39 Last Updated On: 2016-10-04
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