IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autoimmune Bowel Disorder

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  • Differential Diagnosis
  1. Lower GI Bleeding
    1. Diverticulitis (most common cause)
    2. Angiodysplasia (Arteriovenous malformation)
    3. Neoplasm
    4. Ulcerative Colitis (Blood Diarrhea distinguishes from Crohn's Disease)
    5. Ischemic Colitis (Older patients with sudden onset pain)
    6. Anorectal Disease
      1. Hemorrhoids
      2. Anal Fissures
  2. Diarrhea
    1. Non-Infectious Osmotic Diarrhea
    2. Non-Infectious Secretory Diarrhea
    3. Ulcerative Colitis (bloody Diarrhea)
    4. Crohn's Disease
    5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (diagnosis of exclusion)
    6. Fecal Impaction (with leakage)
    7. Infectious Diarrhea (Sudden onset and often painful)
      1. Pseudomembranous colitis of Clostridium difficile (recent antibiotic use)
      2. Entamoeba histolytica
      3. Tuberculosis
      4. Cytomegalovirus
      5. Yersinia
      6. Strongyloides
  • History
  1. Travel
  2. Contaminated intake
    1. Foodborne Illness
    2. Waterborne Illness
  3. Immunodeficiency risk
  4. High risk sexual behavior
  5. Family History of Gastrointestinal disease
  6. Medications in the last 6 months (e.g. antibiotics)
  • Symptoms
  1. Pain
    1. Ulcerative Colitis
      1. Lower abdominal cramps
      2. Relieved with Bowel Movement
    2. Crohn's Disease
      1. Constant pain often in right lower quadrant
      2. Not relieved with Bowel Movement
  2. Stool Blood
    1. Grossly bloody stool in Ulcerative Colitis
  • Signs
  1. Abdominal Mass
    1. Ulcerative Colitis: No abdominal mass
    2. Crohn's Disease: Mass often at Right lower quadrant
  2. Gastrointestinal Tract Affected
    1. Ulcerative Colitis
      1. Affects only colon
      2. Continuous from Rectum
    2. Crohn's Disease
      1. Mouth to anus potentially affected
      2. Discontinuous, "Skip" lesions
  3. Bowel Tissue affected
    1. Ulcerative Colitis: Mucosal disease (no granuloma)
    2. Crohn's Disease: Transmural disease (granulomas)
  1. Fecal Calprotectin
    1. Newer test with high Test Sensitivity and Test Specificity for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  2. General Stool studies
    1. Stool Culture
    2. Stool for Ova and Parasites
    3. Giardia antigen
    4. Clostridium difficile Toxin and culture
    5. Fecal Leukocytes
  3. Additional Stool studies
    1. Yersinia enterocolitica culture
    2. Toxigenic Escherichia coli isolation
    3. Entamoeba histolytica serologic titers
  • Labs
  • Underlying Nutrition and Disease Severity
  1. Location
    1. Crohn's Disease can involve any area of gastrointestinal tract
    2. Ulcerative Colitis is typically limited to colon, and has onset at the Rectum
  2. Thickness
    1. Crohn's Disease involves the entire bowel wall
    2. Ulcerative Colitis is limited to the mucosa and submucosa
  3. Colonoscopy
    1. Crohn's Disease demonstrates skip lesions, cobblestoning, ulcerations and strictures
    2. Ulcerative Colitis demonstrates pseudopolyps, continuous areas of inflammation
  4. Other discriminating factors
    1. Anemia is more common in Ulcerative Colitis
    2. Abdominal Pain is more common in Crohn's Disease
    3. Rectal bleeding is more common in Ulcerative Colitis
    4. Colon Cancer is much more common in Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diagnosis
  1. Colonoscopy with mucosal biopsy
  • Imaging
  1. Barium Enema
  2. Abdominal XRay
    1. Perforation signs (i.e. Free air in peritoneum)
    2. Toxic Megacolon
    3. Thumb-printing
      1. Pattern of multiple locations where bowel wall appears indented (as if by a thumbs)
  • Resources
  1. Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
    1. http://www.ccfa.org
  2. Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
    1. http://www.csmc.edu/ibd