Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: Everything You Need to Know
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes two chronic conditions, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It has remained for too long the secret illness no one wants to admit to having, let alone discuss. One percent of North Americans have IBD, yet its cause is unknown, and there is no known cure.
Fred Saibil, a renowned expert on IBD, provides concise, critical and practical information on the common symptoms and side effects. He describes the normal gastrointestinal system and then explains what specifically goes wrong in those suffering from IBD.
Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis includes important information on:
The book also provides detailed tables, sidebars and diagrams, plus travel tips and other self-help strategies for coping with IBD.
For patients, their relatives and caregivers, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis explains the plain facts about this terrible disease, which seriously affects the daily lives of so many.
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In medical terminology, the suffix -ectomy means removal. A colectomy is
removal of the colon. Total colectomy (also known as proctocolectomy^ procto-
from the Latin word proctum, which means "rectum") is removal of the colon,
including the rectum. To do this, the anus must also be removed. Proctectomy
means removal of the rectum. Another technical term for this is abdominoperineal
resection, indicating that it is really two operations combined into one. Incisions
must be made in ...
... usually people who cannot make frequent trips to the bathroom because of
cheir jobs; • those who have had a failed ileo-anal anastomosis but still prefer
continence to wearing an external appliance. Cancer: Cancer of the colon occurs
more commonly in people with ulcerative colitis than it does in the general
population. When the whole colon is removed (total proctocolectomy), the risk is
removed. When a person undergoes a pouch procedure with an ileo-anal
anastomosis, a tiny ...
In most cases the source of such bleeding is the colon. Emergency surgery
removes the colon. If the source of bleeding is the small intestine, the diseased
segment will likely have to be removed. Even if bleeding stops spontaneously,
the occurrence of a life-threatening hemorrhage usually necessitates removing
the diseased bowel to avoid another, possibly fatal hemorrhage. Recent studies
have shown that the drugs azathioprine and infliximab can heal Crohn's disease
in some ...