Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
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Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. This chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract is thought to be caused by an abnormal function of the immune system, which reacts against the body’s own intestinal tissue. At The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Mary Harris and Dr. Matilda Hagan work with patients to diagnose, treat, and manage their inflammatory bowel disease. Women especially seek the expertise of Dr. Harris who is recognized as an authority on managing inflammatory bowel disease in conjunction with pregnancy.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. The inflammation in Crohn’s disease can be located in patches throughout the digestive tract, whereas in ulcerative colitis, the inflammation is located in one continuous portion of the large intestine. Other types of inflammatory bowel disease can include collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis.
The various types of inflammatory bowel disease often have similar symptoms, which include:
To diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, various tests may be conducted, including:
Inflammatory bowel disease is first treated with drug therapy such as infliximab, also known as Remicade, biologic agents, immunomodulators, antibiotics, steroids, or mesalamine products. If medications are not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the bowel obstructions to relieve the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Paul Thuluvath leads a team of gastroenterology specialists in Baltimore, Maryland, who help patients find the best treatment options for digestive diseases and liver conditions.
After feeling ill on New Years Eve, Barbara had a screening that revealed a cancerous tumor in her colon.