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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease have many similar symptoms (including diarrhea, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain). These diseases are not contagious. 

About 1.4 million Americans have IBD. Thirty thousand new cases are diagnosed every year.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 35 are most likely to get IBD, but anyone can get it. It is more common in Caucasians. IBD is especially common in those who are Jewish.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease both have times when disease symptoms go away (remission). They also both have times when symptoms become more severe (flare).

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Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Differences

IBD Causes

IBD Diagnosis

IBD Treatment

Additional Resources

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In a film created by Jesse Dylan, care providers participating in ImproveCareNow discuss how the program's collaborative approach is improving the health of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Last Updated: 07/2014