Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD
Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD
Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD

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Publisher: Robert Rose

Author Statement: Dr. A. Hillary Steinhart, MD, MSc, FRCP[C]
Audience: Trade
Specs: illustrations charts and tables, index
Pages: 224
Trim Size: 7" x 10" x 5/8"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20060420
Copyright Year: 2006
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Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD

A comprehensive consumer health guide to 'Inflammatory Bowel Disease' or IBD, written by a leading North American specialist, that includes symptoms, treatments, psychological factors, children with IBD, alternative treatments and more.

"It is estimated that as many as one million Americans have IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] -- with that number evenly split between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis"
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding the Facts About IBD is written by a leading expert in the field and provides the most current and significant information on these conditions. The book answers important questions and covers topics such as:

  • What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • How do you get Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?
  • What to expect when you have IBD?
  • Dietary treatment
  • Drug therapy
  • Surgery
  • Psychological factors
  • Children with IBD, and
  • Alternative medicinal therapies.

Learning as much as possible about the condition is an important step toward taking charge and alleviating the negative effects of IBD on daily life. With this book, patients will gain a better understanding of diagnosis and treatment and begin to lead useful and productive lives. While there is no cure at this time for either condition, Dr. Steinhart's expertise and realistic advice will go a long way to improving a patient's health and quality of life and providing reassurance to their loved ones.


Dr. A. Hillary Steinhart, MD, MSc, FRCP (C) is Head of the Combined Division of Gastroenterology for Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in the areas of clinical trials, outcomes assessments, and the genetics of inflammatory bowel diseases.



Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a challenge, not only for those of you who have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, but also for those of you who have a family member or close friend afflicted with one of these disorders. Meeting this challenge requires the help of knowledgeable health-care professionals. Knowing yourself what impact Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may have on your life and what management strategies are available is also very important. The well-informed patient may have the best chance for recovery.

However, the amount of information you can find when trying to learn about inflammatory bowel disease can be overwhelming. There are so many possible sources of information -- doctors, nurses, books, pamphlets, websites, patient associations, Internet chat rooms, friends, and relatives. Often this information is confusing and contradictory. The quality of the information varies greatly from source to source. This information overload can leave you confused and frustrated, thus making it even more difficult to deal with these chronic diseases.

We have written this book in order to provide patients, families, friends, and health-care professionals with a clear, current, and concise account of the possible underlying causes, clinical features, and effective treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Rather than simply presenting a list of facts about the disorders, we have given them an applied clinical context based upon our years of experience with many hundreds of patients who have been evaluated, followed, and treated at the Mount Sinai Hospital IBD Centre. We have also tried to make this information directly relevant to IBD sufferers and their families by recounting case histories and answering the questions patients frequently ask. We hope to provide another means for dealing with these diseases, which we are only now really beginning to understand.



PART 1 Understanding Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

  1. What Is This Disease?

    • What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Who Gets Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Where in the Body Does IBD Occur?
    • What Goes Wrong in the Gut with IBD?
    • What Are the Possible Complications of IBD?
  2. How Do I Know I have IBD?

    • Recognizing Symptoms
    • Common Symptoms
    • Diagnostic Methods
    • Prognosis
  3. What Can I Expect Now That I Have IBD?

    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Can I Die from This Disease?
    • Will the Disease Get Worse?
    • Can My Condition Improve?
    • Can I Still Go to School?
    • Can I Get and Keep a Job?
    • Will I Need To Be Hospitalized?
    • Will I Need To Have Surgery?
    • Will I Need a 'Bag' Outside My Body To Collect Stool?
    • Can I Get Cancer from IBD?
    • What Lifestyle Changes Will I Need to Make?
    • Will I Be Able To Become Pregnant?
    • Can I Take My Medication during Pregnancy?
    • Will My Condition Flare during Pregnancy?
    • Will This Disease Affect the Birth of My Child?
    • Can I Travel If I Have IBD?
    • What Causes IBD?
  4. How Did I Get This Disease?

    • Causal Factors
    • Possible Infectious Causes
    • Possible Environmental Causes
    • Possible Inherited (Genetic) Factors
    • Unified Theory
    • Implications for Treatment

PART 2: Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  1. Dietary Strategies for Managing IBD

    • Reliable Information
    • The Right Diet
    • Preventing Malnutrition
    • Diet Modifications
    • Elimination Diets
    • Lactose-Restricted Diets
    • Calcium Sources
    • Vitamin D
    • Other Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
    • Liquid Calorie Supplements
    • Low-Fiber Diets
    • High-Stool Output Management Diets
    • Fluid Diets
    • Food Fears
    • Nutrition Support
    • Current Nutrition Research
    • Diet Counseling
  2. Psychological Support for Managing IBD

    • Psychological Concerns
    • Stress
    • Depression
    • Coping Strategies
    • Coping with the Medical System
    • Drug Therapy and Surgery Challenges
  3. Drug Therapy for Managing IBD

    • Medication Considerations
    • Drug Therapy Options
    • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
    • Mesalamine (5-Aminosalicylic Acid) Containing Drugs
    • Glucocorticoid (Steroid) Medications
    • Antibiotics
    • Immunosuppressant Medications
    • Biologic Drugs
    • Clinical Research Study Designs
    • Surgery Option
  4. Surgical Treatment of IBD

    • The Need for Surgery
    • Ileostomy and Colostomy
    • Surgical Procedures for Ulcerative Colitis
    • Surgical Procedures for Crohn's Disease
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Preventing Recurrence
    • Children with IBD
  5. Treating Children with IBD

    • Family Challenges
    • Special Management
    • Prospects

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