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What is the ileum, what causes a thickening of the ileum?

Hi , I am 26, female and been suffering with what my consultant believes is most likely Irritable Bowel Syndrome . I get stomach discomfort, at time very severe pain, changes to my bowel movements and weight loss . I have had lots of investigations MR scan, 2 x camera procedures, lots of blood tests and also I think chrones disease has been ruled out. I am being sent to a dietision. I have just received a letter that was also sent to my GP from my consultant. This was not discussed with me but mentions that he has noticed when reviewing my notes a thickening of a section of the ileum (just beyond the ileo-caecal valve) and will be discussing this at a x-ray meeting. Can anyone tell me please what is the ileum, what causes a thickening of the ileum? Also what, if any effects does this have? Is it a common thing with IBS or something which can just be a normal in a person. Any information would be appreciated as my next consultation is not for a few months and I am unsure if this is something I should be concerned about or not. Thankyou for taking the time to read this. Sarah
Asked On : Fri, 18 Mar 2011
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
dear Sarah
welcome to healthcaremagic
Ayurveda has better treatment for IBS.Herbal preparation work effectively on IBS syndrome. Please consult ayurvedic doctor near you with reports and follow the instruciton. take care
Answered: Sat, 19 Mar 2011
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Nephrologist Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha's  Response
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Ileum is part of the small intestine. In your context it could mean that you are suffering from Crohns disease, thickening of the ileum is also seen in Tuberculosis and other infections. Crohn's disease is normally treated by 5-ASA.
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