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Possible causes of inflammatory bowel
Inflammatory bowel disease is not a single condition. It is
the term for a group of disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of
the digestive tract.
The digestive tract is composed of the mouth, esophagus, stomach,
small intestine, and large intestine. It is responsible for breaking
down food, extracting the nutrients, and removing any unusable material
and waste products. Inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract
disrupts this normal process. This can be very painful.
nflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a collection of several diseases. Therefore, it does not have a
single cause. However, some IBD has been linked to heredity. It can
also be caused by problems with the immune system.
If you have a sibling or parent with IBD, you are more likely to
develop it yourself. Therefore, scientists think IBD may have a genetic
The immune system
This plays a role in IBD. Normally, the immune
system defends the body from pathogens. A bacterial or viral infection
of the digestive tract can trigger an immune response. The digestive
tract becomes inflamed as the body tries to fight off the invaders.
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