Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn’s Disease) – A Chronic but Manageable GI Condition
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of chronic inflammations of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, usually affecting the small intestine and/or the colon. Symptoms of IBD include persistent diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, and, at times, rectal bleeding. An autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease is believed to be caused by the body’s attack on microbes normally found in the GI tract, causing chronic inflammation that leads to ulceration and bowel injury. Affecting males and females equally, the two main categories of this group of illnesses, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, may affect patients of all ages. Both conditions can cause an increased risk of colon cancer. At our endoscopy center in Queens, Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates provides advanced screening and treatment procedures for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other GI conditions for patients from St. Albans, College Point, and Whitestone.
Diagnosing and Treating Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (“IBD”)
Diagnosis of IBD can be challenging, as its symptoms can mirror other GI disorders. Diagnosis is usually based on factors including patient history, physical examination, colonoscopy and small bowel capsule endoscopy. A chronic disorder, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis cannot be cured, but it can be managed both medically and surgically. Therapy can help patients regulate their own immune systems, and medications can also help control symptoms. Proper management and effective medical treatment can help avoid or delay complications that could require surgery. Yet despite its chronic nature, people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can lead full, active lives.
At Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, we diagnose and prescribe treatments for patients close by and throughout Queens, New Hyde Park, Laurelton, St. Albans, College Point, Whitestone, and surrounding areas near you. If you have Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or another GI disorder, it’s never been easier to get state-of-the-art care. Schedule a consultation with us today and start getting the best care available at our advanced endoscopy center!