Irritable Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s
Irritable Bowel Diseases of the Intestines has 2 Main Players:
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|
|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.