* A patient-centred guide to symptoms, tests, treatment and management
* Up-to-date with the latest therapies, including drugs, surgery and alternative therapies
* Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarise important concepts covered in the text
* Features numerous Case Histories and Patient Perspectives which provide practical realistic examples throughout
* Includes invaluable Resource section with suggested further reading and contact information for patient self-help/support group, plus a glossary of technical terms
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, affects 1 person in every 400 in the UK. Between 6,000 and 12,000 new cases of ulcerative colitis are diagnosed every year, and research shows that the number of people with Crohn's disease has been rising steadily. While there are numerous volumes covering the management of IBD aimed at clinicians and several volumes focusing on either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease for patients, there are few volumes covering the full spectrum of IBD for patients, families and carers.
This patient-centred guide covers all aspects of IBD including common symptoms,
tests used to make a diagnosis, treatment and overall management of the condition.
Providing up-to-date factual information, it is easy to read and allows quick
access to key facts and helpful advice. With consideration given to new developments
in the understanding and treatment of inflammation of the bowel, including complementary
and alternative therapies, this book will help to improve the overall quality
of life for all those affected by this chronic disease.
Readership: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, their families and carers.
1. What is inflammatory bowel disease?
2. Who gets inflammatory bowel disease and why?
3. Gut symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
4. General symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
5. What tests are performed in people with inflammatory bowel disease?
6. Who looks after people with infl ammatory bowel disease?
7. Inflammatory bowel disease nurses
8. How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?
9. Surgery for inflammatory bowel disease
10. Complementary and alternative medicine in inflammatory bowel disease
11. Future and unproven treatments
12. Diet and nutrition
13. Complications and extraintestinal manifestations
14. What can I do to help myself?
15. Inflammatory bowel disease in childhood and adolescence
16. Fertility and pregnancy in inflammatory bowel disease
Authors, editors, and contributors Louise Langmead, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, University College London Hospitals, London, UK and
Peter Irving, Gastroenterologist, Box Hill Hospital and Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia