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Clinical Focus: Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (Eraxion/

Inflammatory bowel disease

Clinical features and diagnosis
Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for two conditions — ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Although these affect the bowel, up to 40% of sufferers experience extraintestinal symptoms
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Management of inflammatory bowel disease depends on the site and severity of the inflammation and patient adherence. Surgery might be required if IBD is severe or does not respond to medical therapy 
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March 2011’s  are based on the Clinical Focus articles on inflammatory bowel disease, which were commissioned from independent authors.

The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

The questions can be viewed/printed as a PDF (top right)



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How to undertake continuing professional development

Reflect on your gaps in knowledge

Lifelong Learning

  • What are the two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and how do they differ?
  • What are the main aims of treatment for patients with IBD?
  • What medicines are available and when are they appropriate for use?

Act to enhance your practice


  • What have you learnt?
  • How has it added to the value of your practice?
  • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?

The questions on inflammatory bowel disease have been approved by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society using an independent reviewer as a resource to support your professional development.

Consider making this activity one of your nine CPD entries this year.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11069992

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