The following pages provide in-depth information about chronic diseases of the intestines, oesophagus, and bile ducts.
Crohn’s disease is one of the disorders called an inflammatory bowel disease. This inflammation can attack the entire gastrointestinal tract, often resulting in alternating healthy and diseased sections of the intestines.
Eosinophilic oesophagitis is a rare disease of the oesophagus involving chronic inflammation as well as difficulty and pain swallowing. The symptoms of the disease seriously affect quality of life. As the disease is progressive, long-term treatment is necessary.
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the small bile ducts are damaged by inflammation. Without adequate treatment, this inflammation may eventually spread to the tissue of the liver and even cause cirrhosis. PBC affects women much more often than men.
Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis belongs to the disorders called inflammatory bowel diseases and is characterised by inflammation of the large intestine. This inflammation (almost) always starts in the rectum but can spread to an individually differing extent across the entire large intestine over the course of the disease.