It is common for people living with Crohn's or colitis to develop conditions that occur outside your gastrointestinal tract (also called 'extraintestinal manifestations') such as anemia, mouth sores, inflammation of your eyes or joints (arthritis), osteoporosis, skin conditions, liver conditions, and cancer. Other conditions associated with IBD that occur inside the intestines, include fistulas and abscesses, adhesions, structure, anal fissures and hemorrhoids. 

Complications associated with IBD can cause troubling symptoms such as constipation, pain, fatigue and weight loss. They can also interfere with your ability to do day-to-day activities like work and school, and engage in personal and social activities.

In this section learn about what these conditions are, why they occur, ways to reduce your risk, and treatment options to discuss with healthcare providers.

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