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Glossary 2017-05-18T13:39:13+00:00

Here is a complete list of the words used on IBD Awareness.


A collection or pocket of pus that forms in tissues, organs, or spaces inside the body.  Symptoms of abscesses include redness, pain, warmth, and swelling.


Procedure to remove one or more parts of the colon.



An abnormal or surgically made passage between a hollow or tubular organ and the body surface, or between two hollow or tubular organs.


A tear or cut, usually extending from the anus into the anal canal.

Gut flora

The colonies of bacteria in the gut that make up the micro biome.


Internal hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids form when the blood vessels in rectum become swollen and engorged.  This type of hemorrhoid may not be noticeable until you experience digestive problems or severe inflammation.  When this happens, they can bulge out and become prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids or anal lumps form when there is increased pressure on the blood vessels in the rectum.  As a result, they are irritating, itching, inflamed, and painful.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

The true cause of autoimmune diseases.  Leaky gut refers to the increased permeability and micro perforations in the intestinal lining.


General tem to describe the surgically created opening from the intestine to allow elimination of waste.


The name given to describe stools of patients whom are impacted/ constipated or have built up waste in the lining of the large intestine.  The stools that may be small, squiggly when constipation is present, or  watery, soft, and even urgent with diarrhea are the “overspill” leaving the intestine.


The end opening or diversions from an organ.  In this case, the bowel, the three main types are colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.