Comparing Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
The main two that occur are Cohn’s Disease and Ulcerative
These two diseases are very similar.
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s are different:
They are different though. Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is usually in the first part of the large
intestine, called the Ileum. Cohn’s can attack anywhere in the
affect other organs like the liver. It is not common for
physicians to categorically diagnose one or the other, and it may be that both exist. They are different diseases that can be potentially be diagnosed by
looking at the blood vessels around the digestive system, the patters of lesions that are caused, the location
of the problems, and some other technical
Endoscopy, Colonoscopies, biopsy, and other testing
methods are used to fine tune diagnoses.
T Helper Cells and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
T Helper Cells are often referred to as T
Cells. They are rapidly becoming more and more talked about in
the news. These cells are part of the Lymph System which
protects our bodies form invading organism. The white blood
cells surround and try to digest foreign organisms in our body. T Cells do not really do the actual work. They are the supervisory cells that organize the attack by the Lymph
system and White Blood Cells.
Without the T
Cells, the attack by the body’s immune system is either non present, disorganized, or way over
reacts. IBD and UC are problems with the immune
Not as much with Ulcerative colitis, but especially with
Cohn’s disease, these T Cells are affected.
When these diseases present themselves, there is always
inflammation and often lesions that develop.
The inflammation that occurs in IBD is due to the immune system over reacting and thinking
that everything is a bad microbe. Thus it attacks even
beneficial bacteria in the intestine, and other places.
The body keeps producing more little warriors so they can
properly gang up on and surround the bad bacteria or organism it believes will harm us. Overpopulation in an area is one cause of inflammation.
Scientists have located a specific area on a gene what is
different in people with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. The
verdict is still out and research is being carried on now. Particular drugs and pharmaceuticals have been approved by
the FDA, and are in use to treat these immunological problems.
Other methods of treating bowel diseases
Other methods of treatment include steroids and immune
building drugs. In truth it takes a good diet and a lot of
monitoring and care in order to keep these diseases under control.
Some Symptoms of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)
are cramping, bloody stools, Diarrhea, Fever, and Weight Loss. They can manifest as other
digestive problems and can be very unique and different from person to person.
Since inflammation of the cells of the intestinal and
digestive walls is the problem behind IBD, the treatments, whether natural or other are focused on reducing the
Best Treatments for bowel diseases you can control
The best treatments are often keeping track of your
digestive activities, stress, smoking, and habits. By
determining what in particular is the cause of your IBD flaring up, you can reduce the effects by not eating or “living” in a manner that increases the IBD.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are not contagious, meaning
you do not catch them form someone.
They are very heavily linked to hereditary and IBD runs in
family lines, and higher in certain ethnic groups.
Ulcerative colitis attacks the mucosal layer of the intestinal lining.
This layer is responsible for absorption of
nutrients. Cohn’s can attack all three layers of the
walls of the digestive system.
Others Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are:
· Diversion colitis
· Lymphocytic colitis
· Ichaemic colitis
· Collagenous colitis
Slide show comparing Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Slide comparing Diarrhea in Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
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Slide of tests used to diagnose IBD