Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) represents a group of intestinal disorders that cause long-term inflammation in the digestive system, leading to a host of symptoms. The main types of IBD include Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Symptoms of IBD vary depending on the location and severity of inflammation, but they may include:
- Bleeding ulcers, which may cause blood to show up in the stool
- Stomach pain, cramping and bloating due to bowel obstruction
- Weight loss and anemia
- May also be associated with symptoms outside the digestive system such as eye inflammation, skin disorders and joint pain
The main clinical focus in treatment must deal with identifying triggers of inflammation in the digestive system and removing them so as to stop and or reduce recurrence of flares.
Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) are one modality I have great interest in for this patient population as they can result in exceptional outcomes, that include clinical remission.