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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term mainly used to describe two diseases:
Both involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gut). Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn’s disease can affect the entire digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.
Other types of IBD include:
There is currently no cure for ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Treatment aims to relieve symptoms and prevent them from returning.
Medications used to treat ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease may include: