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Inflammatory bowel conditions

Inflammatory bowel conditions

Chronic inflammatory bowel disease

The intestine is the largest immune organ in the body, comprising more than 70 % of all immune system cells:

Actually, these bacteria, rather than the intestinal mucosa, form the interface between the bowels and the external world.

Irregularities of digestive function are often regarded as a trifle, but are often the cause of serious diseases, such as chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

One in 2,000 German citizens suffers from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. In most cases, the disease manifests for the first time at an ages of 15–35 years. For both diseases, a relapsing course is characteristic; less frequently, the disease is permanently active. Often, with increasing age the complaints abate. The number of active phases can change from year to year, and inactive periods may likewise last for many years.
Inflammation of the intestines affects the absorption of water, minerals and food ingredients. Fluid and protein are increasingly released into the intestine.

Symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel disease can also lead to discomfort and inflammation outside of the intestine. This is called extra-intestinal manifestations. These primarily include joint pain (arthralgia) and joint inflammation (arthritis). But also inflammation of the iris (iridocyclitis) and other parts of the eye, reddish-blue nodules in the subcutaneous adipose tissue (erythema nodosum) and skin ulcers may occur, furthermore inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts with gall bladder outlet obstruction (primary sclerosing cholangitis).

Please note, however, that this information does not replace a detailed discussion with your doctor. Some information may also cause unnecessary fears. Please talk to your doctor about such concerns. And we explicitly encourage you to ask your doctor your questions, even very personal questions that cannot be answered by this information.

Please read the patient information leaflet carefully. If you have any further questions after reading it, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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Barbarastr. 14 | D-30952 Ronnenberg | Germany
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