Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a disease characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBD includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it is more commonly found at the end of the small intestine (the ileum) where it joins the beginning of the large intestine (or colon).