What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Generally, the manifestations of IBD depend on the area of the intestinal tract involved. The symptoms, however, are not specific for this disease. They are as follows:

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Irregular bowel habits, passage of mucus without blood or pus

  • Weight loss

  • Fever, sweats

  • Malaise, fatigue

  • Arthralgias

  • Growth retardation and delayed or failed sexual maturation in children

  • Extraintestinal manifestations (10-20%): Arthritis, uveitis, or liver disease

  • Grossly bloody stools, occasionally with tenesmus: Typical of UC, less common in CD

  • Perianal disease (eg, fistulas, abscesses): Fifty percent of patients with CD


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