Managing Symptoms and Complications of IBD

Watch the video to learn about common symptoms, extraintestinal manifestations, and complications of IBD. An expert gastroenterologist reviews the following:
  • Types of symptoms including diarrhea, urgency, pain, fatigue or lack of energy;
  • Types of extraintestinal manifestations or complications including arthritis, mouth ulcers or sores, eye conditions, and skin conditions; and
  • Treatment options to manage symptoms and complications of IBD; and
  • Strategies to prevent or reduce the occurence of disease flare-ups, and maintain remission.


Dr. John Marshall (MD, MSc, FRCPC, AGAF) is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University, as well as a gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton Ontario. He is a Full Member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.

Dr. Marshall's publications include over 200 academic papers and book chapters and over 250 abstracts. He was a recipient of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Investigator Award (2008) and Educator Award (2006), and Fellowship in both the American Gastroenterological Association (2007) and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (2020).

Dr. Marshall and Dr. Narula are implementing MyGut, a digital program that allows patients and healthcare teams to monitor a patients' disease between visits. The electronic reporting tool also gives healthcare providers more detailed information during visits with patients. Once the MyGut program undergoes pilot testing, it will be available nationally to IBD healthcare providers and their patients. The MyGut program is a Crohn's and Colitis Canada's Promoting Access and Centres of Excellence (PACE) initiative.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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