What are the physical findings characteristic of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Fever, tachycardia, dehydration, and toxicity may occur in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Pallor may also be noted, reflecting anemia. The prevalence of these factors is directly related to the severity of the attack.

Toxic megacolon is a medical emergency. Patients appear septic; have high fever, lethargy, chills, and tachycardia; and have increasing abdominal pain, tenderness, and distention.


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