Inflammatory bowel disease
The two main types of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are
ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Both of these are long-term (chronic) diseases that
involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gut).
Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine),
while Crohn's disease can affect any part of the digestive system,
from the mouth to the anus.Typical symptoms include diarrhoea,
abdominal pain and rectal bleeding.
It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two
main types of IBD. If this is the case, it is known as
There are other, rarer types of IBD called collagenous colitis
and lymphocytic colitis. Together these are often called
Inflammatory bowel disease is usually diagnosed via
sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.
Once identified your doctor will start you on the right
programme of medication.
Click here for the Endoscopy unit at Manchester
Our gastroenterology consultants who specialise in IBD are:
Dr. Richard Hammonds, Dr. Scott Levison, Dr. Marie McMahon, Dr. Alistair Makin, Dr. John Mason, Dr. Jo Puleston, Prof. Chris Summerton & Dr. Robert Willert.
Our surgical IBD consultants are Mr Curran, Dr.
Donnelly, Prof. Hill, Dr. Kushwaha, Ms Craig and Mr
Our IBD Nurse Specialists
If you are a patient under the care of this hospital for your
IBD and are unwell, or have a question, please contact one of our
Dr Karen Kemp, CNS Matt Kirkbride, Sr Janet
Brooks, Sr Felicity Birchall: 0161 276 4168.