Dr. Garth Swanson explains if inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause health problems outside the bowel.
Yes, inflammatory bowel disease has been related to osteoporosis, which is decreased bone density related to calcium malabsorption, and it can cause some other nutritional deficits, and it’s important if you are a patient with inflammatory bowel disease that you follow up with your gastroenterologist regularly to be checked for those disorders.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.