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What is Crohn's Disease?
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
What are the Goals of IBD Management?
Understanding the Risks and Benefits of IBD Therapies
Treatment for IBD
How do IBD Medications Work?
How do Anti-TNF Medications Work in IBD?
Surgery and IBD
Small Bowel and Large Bowel Surgery
What is an Ileostomy?
Pregnancy and IBD
Can I Get Pregnant with IBD?
IBD Treatment Options During Pregnancy
IBD Patient Resources
Physician IBD Resources
Animation: What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This animation describes what happens to the immune system to cause Crohn’s disease, its symptoms (such as abdominal pain and diarrhea), and factors that contribute to its development (including genetics and environmental factors).
Animation: What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the large intestine, or colon. This animation describes what happens to the immune system to cause ulcerative colitis, its symptoms (such as abdominal pain and diarrhea), and factors that contribute to its development (including genetics and environmental factors).
Animation: Diagnosing IBD
No single test can diagnose or rule out inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, several tools and tests, described in this animation, can be used together to help diagnose IBD, determine the extent of disease, and distinguish between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. They can also help predict the probable course and outcome of IBD.
Animation: What Are the Goals of IBD Management?
A goal of a healthcare provider is to help people manage IBD rather than the disease managing them. This animation describes the goals of IBD management, including an accurate diagnosis, achieving disease remission and maintaining the remission without steroids, and dealing with the variety of emotional, psychological, and medical issues that may arise during IBD treatment. Ways that patient can take an active role in the management of their disease are also provided.
Treatment for IBD:
Animation: Understanding the Risks and Benefits of IBD Therapies
Patients and physicians must balance the risks associated with untreated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with the risks and benefits associated with potential treatments. This animation describes risks of untreated IBD as well as the benefits and side effects of drugs used to treat IBD, including aminosalicylates (5-ASAs), antibiotics, steroids, immunomodulators, and biologics.
Animation: Preparing for IBD therapy
Before starting treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), patients should make sure that they are prepared. This animation describes ways in which patients can learn about their therapy, including learning about the risks of under-treated or untreated IBD, learning about the risks and benefits of the therapy, and being aware of the side effects associated with the treatment. The animation also discusses the need for appropriate vaccinations in people with IBD.
Animation: Chronic Inflammation in IBD and How Anti-TNF Therapy Works
Biologics are a relatively new class of drugs used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some biologics known as anti-TNF alpha agents work by specifically targeting a molecule made by the body, TNF-alpha. This animation describes what TNF-alpha is, how it causes inflammation in IBD, and how anti-TNF alpha therapies work to reduce inflammation caused by this molecule.
Surgery and IBD:
Animation: Small Bowel and Large Bowel Surgery for IBD
A significant portion of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) will need surgery at some point to control their disease. This animation describes different surgical techniques that are used in patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, including ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA), total removal of the colon with permanent ileostomy, intestinal resection, and stricturoplasty.
Animation: What is an Ileostomy?
Surgery may be required for some patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In some surgical procedures, an ileostomy may be an option. This animation describes what an ileostomy entails, what a “stoma” is, what happens after the surgery, and what an ostomy pouch is. The goals of surgery for IBD are to cure (in ulcerative colitis) or achieve stable medication-free remission (in Crohn’s disease) and allow patients to live a healthy, active life.
Pregnancy and IBD:
Animation: Optimizing Pregnancy Outcomes
The prime childbearing years overlap with the peak incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and therefore, concerns about getting pregnant are common among women with IBD. This animation discusses the importance of achieving and maintaining remission prior to and during pregnancy to optimize outcomes for both the mother and child. The animation also describes which IBD medications are safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Animation: Treatment Options During Pregnancy
Establishing and maintaining remission of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms before and during pregnancy is important for the health of both the mother and child. This animation describes the treatment options available to women who are or wish to become pregnant, including most drugs (aminosalicylates, steroids, immunomodulators, and biologics) that are regularly used to treat IBD (except thalidomide and methotrexate).
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