Inflammatory bowel disease
IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
The term “inflammatory bowel disease” refers to inflammation of the small intestine and the colon (in particular). Unlike bowel disorders caused solely by infection – e.g. salmonella – these result from malfunctions in the body’s antibacterial defences. The result is inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, which in turn can lead to increased production of mucous, diarrhoea and bleeding. We distinguish between two groups here, namely
- Colitis ulcerosa and
- Crohn’s disease.
Diagnosis of both disorders is generally achieved using colonoscopy plus biopsy. Progress of the condition is monitored using blood tests during treatment, plus ultrasound as necessary.
Treatment of either disorder is generally demanding, since it is not initially clear which drugs the patient should receive, and in which dosages. Help here is available in the form of Guidelines. Guidelines are only the starting-point, however: the personal response to anti-inflammatory drugs must be determined in each case. The goal is for the patient to be symptom-free without suffering side effects from the drugs administered.
Caring for such patients is time-consuming and we take the time needed. Please note: before you come to your first consultation, please ensure you mention IBD when you call us.