Crohn’s disease is an illness in which the wall of the intestine becomes sore, inflamed, and swollen.

Common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. Children who have not been treated may have poor growth.

Ulcerative Colitis is an illness in which the swelling is limited to the colon.

Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are also stomach pain and diarrhea, often bloody diarrhea. Weight loss and poor growth occur less often.

Because both disorders cause inflammation of the intestines and have similar symptoms, they are grouped together under the name “Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” or IBD.

Gicare.com: Crohn's Disease
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Illustrated article explains what it is and who gets it. Learn about causes, symptoms, treatments, and diet and emotions.
Gicare.com: Ulcerative Colitis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Illustrated article explains what it is and who gets it. Includes causes, diagnosis, medicines, and complications.
KidsHealth: Inflammatory Bowel Disease
[ Kids ] Read about the different types of this disease. Learn the symptoms, causes, what the doctor can do, and what life is like.
MedicineNet.com: Ulcerative Colitis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn about this chronic disease. Includes causes, symptoms, medical procedures and tests, and complications.
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