What are the clinical manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) generally depend on the area of the intestinal tract involved. The commonly experienced symptoms of Crohn disease include recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea. Sometimes, the diagnosis may be delayed by several months to a few years, as these symptoms are not specific for IBD. Patients with IBD may have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with cramping, irregular bowel habits, and passage of mucus without blood or pus.


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