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Diagnosing and Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an autoimmune disorder that involves inflammation of the digestive system, and it can become severe enough to require surgery. The two main types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. New therapies are available for IBD but each patient can experience symptoms and react to treatments differently. In this UPMC Physician Journal feature, Jeffrey M. Dueker, MD, MPH, gastroenterologist at UPMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, explains how doctors determine the right care for each patient and he talks about the role patients play in coming up with an accurate diagnosis.

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