What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

IBD is a lifelong condition typically diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30.

The causes of IBD are still unknown, but some contributing factors may include:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental influences
  • Impaired immune responses

General Symptoms of IBD

Symptoms associated with IBD may include:

  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss

These symptoms can have a profound affect on a person’s quality of life, since they are often painful and socially undesirable.

Plus, the disease can strike at a young age, when people may be most sensitive to social stigma.

Early diagnosis can lead to more successful IBD management.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with an IBD subspecialist gastroenterologist, call 412-624-7692.

To learn more about the UPMC Digestive Disorders Center, call toll free,


IBD Connect

IBD Connect is a support network for people with IBD. The network is made up of volunteers coping with the same disease who offer encouragement by sharing their own experiences about overcoming stress and challenges associated with IBD. Learn more about IBD Connect.

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