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.UC is surgically curable. However, surgical resection is not curative in CD, with recurrence being the norm. Consider early consultation with a surgeon in the setting of severe colitis or bowel obstruction and in cases of suspected toxic megacolon.
In total 2640 patients with IBD were identified and 186 (7%) of these died between 2001 and 2011. The average age at death was 80 years. The cause of death ranged considerable. Sixty of the 186 deaths occured.The two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Together they affect 1 in every 250 people in giving an estimated population of 240,000. Half of those diagnose will be in their teens or twenties. These are lifelong conditions as there is no cure.
Toxic megacolon: Medical emergency; patients appear septic, have high fever, lethargy, chills, and tachycardia, as well as have increasing abdominal pain, tenderness, distention.