Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that affect the lining of the colon, rectum, and other parts of the digestive track. IBDs can vary widely in severity, and may be helped by diet, medications and/or surgery. Serious complications can occur. These websites provide valuable information for people with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, their family members, and service providers.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
This excellent website is packed with articles about different aspects of IBD (e.g., basic facts, complications, medical tests, medications, surgery), current research developments, an “Ask the Specialist” section, and a “Find-a-Doctor” directory. There are also news updates, links, chapter information, and much more. The site carries the authority of CCFA’s medical experts, but visitors should be aware that it is sponsored by several pharmaceutical companies (see our page on Evaluating Disability Information on the Internet).
Crohn’s Disease
This fact sheet from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse provides a good overview of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, possible complications, treatment, research efforts, effects of diet, pregnancy issues, and related information.
Crohn’s Disease Resource Center
This commercial site, part of, includes basic medical information, changing feature articles, news, links, and more. Visitors should be aware that this site contains advertisements and free offers from pharmaceutical companies (see our page on Evaluating Disability Information on the Internet). The links are well organized, but not selective; only sites that “exchange” links with the Center are included.
General Abdominal Pain – Coping with Crohn’s
This article from the Mayo Clinic profiles an individual with Crohn’s, from his initial diagnosis to his current activities.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
An excellent overview from the Mayo Clinic.
Pediatric Crohn’s and Colitis Association (PCCA)
PCCA is a parent support organization committed to helping children with IBD and their families better understand Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As parents coping with IBD, we are here to share concerns and offer emotional support.
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