Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition of the intestines. The cause of IBD is not well understood, but may be related to the response of the body’s immune system against bacteria in the intestines.
The bacteria cause the lining of the intestinal tract to become inflamed (red and swollen). IBD is thought of as an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a disease in which the immune system attacks itself rather than the bacteria.
The IBD Program's focus is on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, but we also treat a wide array of gastrointestinal illnesses including:
- Microscopic colitis
- Autoimmune enteropathy
- Lymphocytic enterocolitis
- Infectious colitis
- Celiac disease
For more information about our services or treatment options or to refer a patient to the IBD Program, please call 410-706-3387.