Cracking the Code
Coding Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease is a term that describes disorders involving long-standing (chronic) inflammation of tissues in your digestive tract. Types of inflammatory bowel disease include Ulcerative colitis. This condition involves inflammation and sores (ulcers) along the lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn’s disease is another form of inflammatory bowel disease. This disease is characterized by inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which often can involve the deeper layers of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the small intestine. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease usually have characteristics is diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, fatigue, and weight loss. For some people, inflammatory bowel disease is only a mild illness. For others, it’s a debilitating condition that can lead to life-threatening complications.