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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

If you experience digestive problems, our gastrointestinal experts can help to diagnose and treat you

About

Inflammatory bowel disease refers to inflammation of the gut. It includes the conditions ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Symptoms to be aware of are weight loss and diarrhoea. Whilst anyone can be affected, it usually occurs between the ages of 15 to 40. Your consultant gastroenterologist can discuss treatment options with you.

Need to know

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    Symptoms of IBD include: - Recurring diarrhoea - Loss of appetite and weight loss - Stomach pain and/or cramps - Fatigue and extreme tiredness - Mouth ulcers - Anaemia (loss of red blood cells) - Joint pain
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    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose IBD include: - Blood and stool tests to assess inflammation and anaemia - An endoscopy to check the inside of your digestive system. Your consultant does this with an endoscope (a long thin tube with a camera), carefully moved through your throat or anus - A range of X-rays to review the abdominal area - Ultrasound scans to check for gall and kidney stones - MRI scans to check soft tissue areas. This is particularly helpful in identifying abscesses and fistulas (abnormal channels linking different bowel parts)
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    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Treatment options might include: - Special medicines to reduce the activity of the immune system - If medicines do not work, surgery may be required to remove or repair bowel damage
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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