Inflammation usually is a normal process that occurs when the immune
system is fighting to protect the body. In IBD, the immune system
mistakenly attacks the digestive tract, producing harmful inflammation.
It is unclear what triggers the attack, but the cause of IBD is thought
to involve genetic, environmental, and immune system factors.
IBD usually requires lifelong treatment with medications and, at times,
surgery. Fortunately, advances in medical therapy are making it
increasingly possible to achieve and maintain disease remission (control
of inflammation and absence of symptoms). The earlier IBD is diagnosed
and brought under control, the more likely it is to avoid damage to the
Why Choose Lankenau?
Our physician team for IBD
includes gastroenterologists experienced with the latest medical
treatments for IBD and surgeons skilled in both complex and minimally
invasive procedures, should surgery be necessary. Our physicians are
committed to helping people with IBD take control of their disease and
live normal, active lives.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.