Crohn’s & Colitis Glossary
Computerized Tomography (CT)
This scan uses X-rays to create detailed three-dimensional images of the body that can show inflammation or complications related to IBD.
Medications that decrease swelling and inflammation by suppressing the immune system. These are used as short-term medication.
This is when there is a lack of fluid in the body that may be related to vomiting, diarrhea, and/or not drinking enough water.
Bowel movements that are too often, too soft, and/or too loose.
The process of breaking down food into nutrients that can be used by the body.
A procedure in which liquid or gas is injected into the rectum, typically to empty the bowels. It may also be used to deliver medication.
A nutrient-rich, liquid formula that is taken by mouth or through a feeding tube that goes into the stomach or small intestine.
A tube inside the body that connects the mouth to the stomach.
Signs, symptoms, or complications of IBD that occur outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as arthritis, eye inflammation, or skin rashes.
A feeling of extreme tiredness and exhaustion.