Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
It is estimated that 1 million Americans are affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is comprised of two major disorders: ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). UC affects the colon, whereas CD can involve any component of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. The exact cause of these diseases is unknown. It has been suspected that the cause may be related to genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers. The combination of the two may be leading to the malfunction of the immune system and subsequent inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Research into the mechanisms underlying the pathology of IBD is currently under intense investigations.
Here at UC Davis, we have a very active IBD section. We have available state of the art diagnostic tools, treatments, facility and staff to aid in the optimum management of this complex disease process.