Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include: Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases. Both usually involve severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, blood in stool, reduced appetite and weight loss.
Risk factors for IBD may include age, ethnicity, family history, smoking, medications, and general life style. Internationally, the incidence of IBD is approximately 0.5-24.5 cases per 100,000 person-years for ulcerative colitis and 0.1-16 cases per 100,000 person-years for Crohn disease.
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