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Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that specialises in disorders of the digestive system, including inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Around 146,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. Drug treatment for ulcerative colitis aims to reduce symptoms and control flare-ups, and it is important that medications are taken regularly to control the symptoms.
At least 115,000 people in the UK are living with Crohn’s disease which is a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed. It affects people of all ages, and symptoms usually start in childhood or early adulthood. Early diagnosis and adherence and persistence with the right treatment can help to reduce and manage