Which symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be associated with inflammatory damage of the digestive tract?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The World Gastroenterology Organization indicates the following symptoms may be associated with inflammatory damage of the digestive tract [1] :

  • Diarrhea: Possible presence of mucus/blood in stool; occurs at night; incontinence

  • Constipation: May be the primary symptom in UC limited to the rectum; obstipation may occur; may proceed to bowel obstruction

  • Bowel movement abnormalities: Possible presence of pain or rectal bleeding, severe urgency, tenesmus

  • Abdominal cramping and pain: Commonly present in the right lower quadrant in CD; occur in the periumbilical or in the left lower quadrant in moderate to severe UC

  • Nausea and vomiting: More often in CD than in UC

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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