Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.Severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications.
Doctors use one of two approaches to treatment: "step-up," which starts with milder drugs first, versus "top-down," which gives people stronger drugs earlier in the treatment process.
More than 25% of school-aged children experience recurrent abdominal pain.The etiology can be broadly divided between functional and organic causes. In this case, red flags included her small stature, weight loss, pubertal delay, abdominal tenderness, and impressive lab results, all of which led to a clinical suspicion of IBD—specifically, CD. To diagnose a chronic disease such as this in a preteen, a very thorough evaluation should be performed to confirm the diagnosis along with the extent and activity of disease. An accurate diagnosis allows clinicians to establish optimal therapeutic plans.
The digestive tract is composed of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It’s responsible for breaking down food, extracting the nutrients, and removing any unusable material and waste products. Inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract disrupts this normal process. IBD can be very painful and disruptive, and in some cases, may even be life-threatening.