What is the defintion of Inflammatory bowel disease? (2)
Inflammatory bowel disease can be 2 things:
Crohn's disease = chronic, lifelong inflammaroty disorder affecting the intestines. Affects all layers of the intestine, characterized by diseased area of intestine with normal intestine between (the skip areas). Marked by periods of exacerbation and remission. Idiopathic.
Ulcerative colitis = chronic inflammation of the mucosa and submucosa of the colon in a continous manner without skips. Characterized by chronic diarrhea and rectal bleeding with ulcerations. Idiopathic.