Diseases of the GI Tract: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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At least 1.4 million Americans have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This is also an umbrella term for those living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine that causes inflammation and ulceration of the colon’s innermost lining, and Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In this Patient Power program, gastroenterologist Dr. William Holderman joins Andrew to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of IBD as well as what’s being done in research. Dr. William Holderman is a partner in one of the West’s largest gastroenterology specialty practices, Digestive Health Specialists in Tacoma, WA.

Also joining the discussion is Judy Pacitti. Judy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and, as an avid cyclist, founded “Get Your Guts in Gear,” a 3-day, 210-mile bicycle ride to raise awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. One of Judy's goals is to empower people to overcome the limitations a chronic, incurable disease, like Crohn's. You’ll hear about Judy’s diagnosis and why she decided to do something to help.


Dr. Holderman explains exactly what inflammatory bowel disease is and goes into detail about the symptoms and diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He discusses the treatment options available, including surgery and medications available for those living with IBD. Dr. Holderman addresses complications with surgery and trouble finding appropriate treatments, since these conditions tend to be very individualized – what may irritate one may not irritate another.

This program is an insightful and comprehensive overview of inflammatory bowel disease. If you are searching for resources and information on this all-too-common condition, you’ve come to the right place.

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Andrew Schorr:

Good morning, we are live on AM570 KVI, Andrew Schorr here. Get ready for a discussion of some of the most serious digestive conditions, Crohn’s and colitis taken together; it’s called inflammatory bowel disease. Many people don’t get diagnosed quickly. We want to give you the information so you can understand what it is, how to get treatment, and meet someone who is inspiring all of us with a special bike ride to help raise awareness of Crohn’s and colitis, and we'll take you calls with a leading gastroenterologist.

Good morning wherever you may be, it could be afternoon because I know there are some people who listen on the East Coast or even in Europe. I think it was Ted who listens in London. Welcome back, I’m Andrew Schorr, week after week trying to bring you the latest most credible health information. Not some of the baloney you hear sometimes on those programs that are just trying to sell you a product. We are not trying to sell you anything.

I want to thank our very loyal sponsors: University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Center and the Senior Guidebook. They are all very helpful in allowing us to do this week after week.

So what is special about this for me? Well I have been doing it almost three years, and I meet some incredible people along the way. They just inspire me. Not just because they’ve been afflicted by a certain condition, but they are just powerful people. I want you to meet someone who was a guest a year ago, and she is back. Judy Pacitti joins us from New York City, but she has been spending a lot of time in the Puget Sound area too. Judy, welcome back to Patient Power.


Thank you so much for having me here Andrew.

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