Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe group of disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract.
IBS is a disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBD is inflammation or destruction of the bowel wall, which can lead to sores and narrowing of the intestines. It’s possible to have both IBD and IBS.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
IBS is not classified as a true disease, it is known as a ‘functional disorder’ (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome – CFS). This means that the symptoms do not have an identifiable cause. It may be treated with certain medications such as intestinal antispasmodics [e.g., hyoscyamine (Levsin) or dicyclomine (Bentyl)].
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
IBD is a relapsing and remitting condition characterized by chronic inflammation at various sites in your gastrointestinal tract, which results in bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. IBD treatment depends on the type diagnosed. The primary goal is treating and preventing inflammation. Over time, this can damage the intestines. Types of IBD include:
What are Signs & Symptoms?
For Healthcare Providers
|Covered CPT||Detail||Approval Guidelines|
|45378||Colonoscopy, flexible; diagnostic, including collection of specimen(s) by brushing or washing, when performed (separate procedure)||Approved once a year per member per policy.|
|45379||with removal of foreign body(s)|
|45380||with biopsy, single or multiple|