Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause chronic (long-term) inflammation of the digestive tract.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common Inflammatory bowel disease conditions. The cause of IBD is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by an immune system that is not functioning properly.
Both diseases appear to run in families and can be influenced by environmental factors such as emotional stress. Neither disease is contagious.