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Common Bowel Diseases

This section contains information on common bowel diseases.

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and can affect 1 in 400 people.

Many of the symptoms such as abdominal cramps and spasms can strike at any time. Unfortunately this debilitating disease often means that it can seriously disrupt a person’s daily routine. Whilst the first line of treatment is often medical therapy, with time, surgical intervention may be a necessity.

This section looks at some of the symptoms and examines how the condition is diagnosed and treated.


Inflammatory bowel disease
Crohn’s disease
   Symptoms
   Diagnosis
   Treatment
   Dietary advice
   Surgical options
Ulcerative colitis
   Symptoms
   Treatment
   Surgical options
Diverticular disease
   Uncomplicated diverticular disease
   Complicated diverticular disease

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