Inflammation Inside the Body Explore the role it plays in your symptoms

Take an interactive tour and see what inflammation looks like.

  • Learn how inflammation can affect your symptoms
  • Compare inflamed vs. normal tissue

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Crohn’s Disease Ulcerative Colitis
Inside inflammation tool

What is “inflammation”?

When a part of your body is inflamed, it means that it is red, swollen and tender. And if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC), chronic inflammation in your digestive tract (in Crohn’s) or large intestine (in UC) can affect your symptoms.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you scroll through the Inside Inflammation tool:

In order for your gastroenterologist to give you the best care, he or she needs to know what your symptoms are and how they affect you, so it's important to be up front and detailed with your doctor no matter how embarrassed you may feel.

  • You will see a normal gastrointestinal (GI) tract (in the Crohn’s journey) or a normal large intestine (in the UC journey) until you stop on an information box and use the slider to view varying examples of inflammation (redness and swelling).
  • Symptoms that may be the result of inflammation are described alongside the corresponding information box.
  • Inflammation and symptoms vary from patient to patient.
  • Some patients may experience symptoms when their GI tract or large intestine are inflamed while others may not. It’s important to routinely meet with your doctor to ensure you are actively monitoring your disease, regardless of the severity of your symptoms.
  • There is no difference between the male and female versions of this journey, nor are there clinical differences between male and female Crohn’s or UC patients.

After completing the tour, download or email the discussion guide to bring to your next doctor appointment.

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