Irritable Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s
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.
There are several symptoms that are similar – bowel pain, diarrhea, and even Blood in the stool.
|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|
|Fistula:||None or Minimal||Often|
|Stenosis:||None or Minimal||Often|
|Surgical cure:||Yes||Minimal to none|
|Smoking:||Low risk||High risk|
|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.