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Inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease: ulcerative colitis

From this CPD module you will learn about:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Typical symptoms and investigations used for diagnosis
  • Management of ulcerative colitis and monitoring requirements for pharmacological treatments
  • Information that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can provide to patients

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the collective definition for chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions that are classified as ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). Bowel inflammation results in ulceration of the gastrointestinal mucosa in IBD, however there are a number of factors that differentiate the clinical presentation of UC and CD.

Crohn’s disease

CD affects the entirety of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. Often, regions of inflammation along the mucosa are

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