Irritable Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s

Irritable Bowel Diseases of the Intestines has 2 Main Players:

Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

Although these two conditions are similar with some of their symptoms including Inflammation – There are also many differences.

But which condition is worse and more often seen is what I will discuss.

Several of the symptoms that are similar – bowel pain, diarrhea, and even Blood in the stool. Below is a chart that helps understand the similarties as well as the differences.

Patients with Irritable Bowel Disease have a difficult time because of the symptoms involved, the treatment options, and the social and physical impact it will have on their lives.

Learning to live with Irritable Bowel Disease can be overwhelming and difficult.

Ulcerative Collitis Crohn’s Disease
Location: Colon, Rectum Colon, Rectum, Ileum, Oral Cavity
Symptoms: Diarrhea, Pain and blood in stool Diarrhea, Pain and occasional blood in stool
Autoimmune: Unlikely Yes
Fistula: None or Minimal Often
Stenosis: None or Minimal Often
Surgical cure: Yes Minimal to none
Remissions: Yes Yes
Smoking: Low risk High risk
Treatments: Immunosuppressants Immunosuppressants
Steroids, other Steroids, other
Prevalence: 7 out of every 100,000 35 out of every 100,000
Risk of Cancer: Yes Yes
Long Term Surgery is often curative Curative treatment is not likely.
Outcomes: Occasionally however, without can be life quality altering and
treatment complications are death can occur due to worsening
often seen and death will conditions.
occur in serious conditions.

Both of these conditions can be life threatening…but only one is, for the most part, non-curative.

Both conditions have abdominal pain and diarrhea and when comparing specific cases would not be helpful due to the difference is severity.

But when looked on a whole then more enlightening results can be seen.

Worse condition is Crohn’s disease –  but not by much.

More often seen is Ulcerative Colitis

We also must keep in mind that these are general thoughts – individual cases may vary.

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