Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis

GLOSSARY OF TERMS



A

Aminosalicylates

Class of medication that contain 5-aminosalicylic acid and can affect the body's ability to control inflammation. Examples include Sulfasalazine and Mesalamine.

Autoimmune Disease

A condition where your own immune system - which normally fights infections and viruses - mistakenly attacks normal, healthy tissue, creating inflammation.


B

Biologic Therapies

Biologic medicines, made from substances found in living organisms, block aspects of the immune system that are overactive in rheumatoid arthritis.


C

Chronic

Long-lasting, ongoing.

Corticosteroid

Inflammation-reducing steroids. These steroids (such as hydrocortisone) are some of the most frequently used rheumatoid arthritis treatments.


I

Immunomodulators

Medications that directly affect the immune system and it's response. Examples include Imuran and 6-Mercaptopurine (6-MP).

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

Group of over 100 inflammatory autoimmune disorders of the colon and small intestine.


G

Gastroenterologist

Physician that specializes in disorders of the gastrointestinal system.