Finding blood in the stool is always alarming, as it typically suggests bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract. While blood in the stool is a common, painless symptom of hemorrhoids at what point does it indicate another problem? [Read more…]
Your patient is experiencing intense abdominal cramps, weight loss, fatigue, and frequent intense bouts of diarrhea. You determine that they are suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) but without further testing it could be a toss-up between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
While both of these conditions are inflammatory bowel diseases (not irritable bowel syndrome) and have very similar symptoms, they are not the same. This Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, be aware of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis so your patients can get a correct diagnosis and treatment. [Read more…]