Welcome To The Crohns Disease / Ulcerative Colitis page. Please click this NACC web link to access more detailed information about both Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns Disease conditions. We have added some key facts regarding these conditions below, which you may find helpful.
The two main types of IBD are Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease. A less well-known type of IBD is Microscopic Colitis, which covers two types of bowel inflammation called Collagenous Colitis and Lymphocytic Colitis.
Please note: IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) should not be confused with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a completely separate condition, but which shares some symptoms with IBD.
Facts and Figures for both illnesses
Together, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease affect about 1 person in every 400 in the United Kingdom.
Population Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease are chronic (ongoing) conditions, which are not infectious.
The most common age for diagnosis is between 10 and 40 (although diagnosis can occur at any age).
In both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease there is a higher chance of developing either illness if you have a close relative who has the condition.
In 10-15% of cases, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease may be difficult to distinguish Men and women suffer equally.
Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
Affects up to 120,000 people in the UK, that’s about 1 in 500
Between 6,000 and 12,000 new cases are diagnosed each year Crohns Disease.
Affects approximately 60,000 people in the UK, that’s about 1 in 1000
Between 3,000 and 6,000 new cases are diagnosed each year
Research shows that the number of people with Crohn’s Disease has been rising steadily, particularly among young people. More recently, numbers have stabilised.
What is it?
It affects the rectum and sometimes the colon (large intestine). Inflammation and many tiny ulcers develop on the inside lining of the colon resulting in urgent and bloody diarrhoea, pain and continual tiredness. The condition varies as to how much of the colon is affected.
In addition, UC can cause inflammation in the eyes, skin and joints
If the inflammation is only in the rectum it is known as proctitis
It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus but most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. It causes inflammation, deep ulcers and scarring to the wall of the intestine and often occurs in patches.
The main symptoms are pain in the abdomen, urgent diarrhoea, general tiredness and loss of weight. Crohn’s Disease is sometimes associated with other inflammatory conditions affecting the joints, skin and eyes.
Most patients will be treated with drugs, including 5-ASA therapies (eg: mesalazine) and steroids, to control or reduce the inflammation. Suppressants of the immune system (eg: azathioprine) are used to maintain remission. Some people need surgery to remove the whole of the colon if their symptoms do not respond to treatment with drugs. If the colon is removed, the small intestine leads to a stoma (opening on the abdomen or ‘tummy area’) for emptying of liquid stool (faeces). Or a replacement colon (ileo-anal pouch) is created by the surgeon reshaping the end of the small intestine.
The drug treatment is similar to that for Ulcerative Colitis (above). In addition, various antibiotics can be used; and a new range of drugs are being introduced called monoclonal antibodies (eg: infliximab). Crohn’s Disease can also be helped by special liquid feeds which rest the bowel. Surgery may be required to remove narrowed or damaged parts of the intestine.
Smoking has an adverse effect on Crohn’s Disease, so patients are discouraged from smoking.
The table below contains a list of recommended travel / holiday Insurance companies who will provide insurance cover with past, present Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis conditions.
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|Insurer or Broker||Phone Number||WebSite / Email||Medical Conditions Covered|
|Staysure Travel Insurance||08442770844||
Staysure Travel Insurance - Will cover pre-existing Medical
Over 250 minor conditions are covered free of charge, with screening options available for more serious conditions.
|JS Insurance||01273 773017||
|JS Insurance is part of Jade Stanley Ltd. Jade Stanley Ltd was launched in September 1999. We offer a full range of products and cover for pre existing medical conditions on single trip polices, multi-trip annual policies, Wintersports policies, over 65’s and also provide cover for a wide range of activities.|
|Travel Insurance Medical||0844 277 9787||
Pre Existing Medical Condition Insurance
Travel Insurance Medical is underwritten by Mapfre
Assistance and specialises in providing great value, quality travel cover for
those of all ages who may be travelling with a pre-existing medical condition.
Prices are exceptionally low and cover can be offered at either basic or
Travel Insurance Medical can cover 220 pre-existing conditions free of charge and more serious medical conditions including cancer, circulation problems and heart conditions can be covered with ease via online medical screening.
|World First Travel Insurance||0845 90 80 161||
World First Travel Insurance specialise cover for people with
all types of pre-existing health problems. Over 1,000 different conditions can
be covered on a worldwide basis and every quote is tailored to your individual
World First are a family firm based in the UK with over 30 years travel insurance experience and offer a wide range of policies including single and annual multi-trip, backpacker and cruise cover. Screening is undertaken entirely in-house and you will not be asked to call anyone else to discuss your medical problems.
|J.D. Travel Insurance Consultants||01689 859102||Entirely a UK based company.
|Under normal circumstances this condition has no upper age limit.|