inflammatory bowel disease

Crypt abscess

A crypt abscess is a collection of specialized immune cells called neutrophils inside the colon. It is an example of acute inflammation and is often seen in a condition called active colitis. What does this look like under the microscope? The inside of the colon is covered by epithelial cells that connect to form structures …
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Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is caused by long-term or chronic inflammation that damages the digestive tract and prevents it from working normally. The symptoms of Crohn’s disease include diarrhea, fever, weight loss, bloating, and bloody stools. To learn more about your pathology report for Crohn’s disease, read our …
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Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is caused by chronic inflammation (long-standing) that damages the colon and prevents it from working normally. The symptoms of this disease include diarrhea, fever, weight loss, bloating, and bloody stools. Pathologists normally describe the features seen in ulcerative colitis as chronic colitis. How is …
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Chronic colitis

What is chronic colitis? Chronic colitis is a condition where immune cells attack and damage the tissue that covers the inside of the colon. Chronic colitis is seen in inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. What are the symptoms of chronic colitis? Inflammation in the colon damages the cells that cover the …
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Chronic active colitis

Chronic active colitis is a condition where immune cells attack and damage cells on the inside of the colon. It is a pattern of injury that can be seen in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. What are the symptoms of chronic active colitis? Inflammation in the colon damages the cells …
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