Inflamatory Bowel Disease / IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that covers two disorders:

Some evidence suggests that these two diseases are part of a biologic continuum. At this time, however, they are considered distinct disorders with somewhat different treatment options. The basic distinctions between UC and CD are location and severity. However, as many as 10% of patients with IBD have features and symptoms that match the criteria for both disorders, at least in the early stages. (This is called indeterminate colitis.)