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  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
  • Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus.
  • Ulcerative colitis can cause inflammation and ulceration in the large intestine (colon and rectum).
  • The cause and cure of IBD are currently unknown.
  • Common symptoms for IBD include abdominal pain, diarrhoea and fatigue.
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be diagnosed with blood tests, stool tests, endoscopies, and bowel imaging and scans.
  • There are many treatment options for people living with IBD including medication, dietary strategies, surgery, and complementary and alternative medicine. Speak to your GP, gastroenterologist or dietitian about treatment options.
  • People with IBD can live a full and productive life.

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Reviewed on: 27-09-2023