Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have a variable combination of chronic or recurrent gastrointestinal symptoms. The diseases fall into two main categories:

  • Crohn's disease can include patchy transmural inflammation and granuloma formation anywhere throughout the GI tract.
  • Ulcerative colitis is a diffuse mucosal inflammation and ulceration of the rectum. It can extend throughout the large bowel.

Which section of the bowel wall is likely to be effected in both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease?