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Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis - Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases are conditions where parts of your digestive tract are chronically inflamed. This can lead to life threatening conditions in certain cases, and should always be treated by a specialist like Dr Michael Elliot.

Two of the most popular inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, although collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis are also part of these diseases, although often separately regarded. 

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, causing inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and even malnutrition. Crohn's disease can develop any part of the gastro-intestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, and will require medical treatment to manage it effectively.

This disease can be painful, as it results in inflammation of the linings of your digestive tract, and may even be life-threatening in some instances. While there is no cure, patients are able to function well with certain therapies and treatments. 

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the large intestine (the colon) and the rectum. The disease process usually starts in the rectum, and the cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, although stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms. Some of the symptoms of this condition include: 

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Excessive abdominal sounds
  • Blood and mucus in the stools
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Rectal urgency
  • Weight loss
  • Other symptoms can include joint pain and swelling and skin lumps or ulcers.

As a specialist gastroenterologist, Dr Michael Elliot specialises in inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis. Based in Claremont, Dr Elliot performs all of his surgery at the Life Kingsbury Hospital Claremont.

For more information about inflammatory bowel diseases or specific treatment options that are available, please contact Dr Michael Elliot.