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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Symptoms

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Dr. Ece Mutlu specializes in gastroenterology and nutrition. One of her main interests is inflammatory bowel disease which is an autoimmune disorder of the intestines. Inflammatory bowel disease is an intensely painful and restrictive condition. The sufferer is afraid to stray too far from the bathroom. And the pain can often be quite crippling at times.

Dr. Mutlu studies diet, microbiological flora and nutrition, as well as antioxidant treatment in dealing with inflammatory bowel disease.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Mutlu:
My name is Ece A. Mutlu. I am one of the Associate Professors of Medicine here at Rush University. I run the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program and Clinic, and I am an M.D.

Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disorder of the intestines, which means that the body’s immune system which is designed to protect the body from microbes goes deranged and decides to attack the intestines and creates ulcerations and sometimes even creates holes in the bowel, which leads to symptoms of diarrhea, at times urgency to run to the bathroom, abdominal pain, and at times discomfort in the abdomen, fatigue, and numerous other symptoms associated with it such as weight loss.

And sometimes there could be also symptoms outside of the bowel where the immune system goes deranged and decides to act against the joints, causing arthritis, as well as the eyes, causing pinkeye or red eye, which has a specific name called uveitis, it can attack the liver and various other organs as well.

About Dr. Mutlu, M.D.:
Dr. Ece A. Mutlu, M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in gastroenterology and nutrition, and her research interests include diet therapy in inflammatory bowel disease, role of microbiological flora on gastrointestinal illness, role of nutrition in gastrointestinal disease, complementary and alternative medicine for gastrointestinal disease, and antioxidant treatment of radiation proctitis.

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