What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These conditions frequently produce symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. These conditions can often be difficult to diagnose due to their similarity to other conditions. Crohn's disease is an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn's disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum.
Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It occurs in continuous stretches of the colon, unlike Crohn's disease, which occurs in patches anywhere in the digestive tract.
Winchester Gastroenterology Associates, Experts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Winchester Gastroenterology is an acknowledged leader in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. A variety of medications are available to obtain and maintain remission in an effort to avoid steroid use and surgeries. At Winchester Gastroenterology, we specialize in providing effective, leading edge alternatives for our IBD patients.
For more advanced treatment, we maintain our own infusion center for the administration of infliximab (Remicade®), which is a biological anti-inflammatory treatment used to induce and maintain IBD remission.