Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases

The most common chronic, inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease is a chronic illness that flares up periodically and can affect the entire digestive tract. Like Crohn's, ulcerative colitis is a long-term illness that follows a cycle of relapse and remission. But in this disease the inflammation is limited to the colon. Symptoms include severe stomach aches, bloody diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. In both diseases, the immune system overreacts to the body's own germs or cells that are normally found in the bowels, resulting in inflammation. Despite extensive research, it is still unclear why this happens. Although increasingly effect therapies have been developed, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are incurable.

«We engage in medical research and participate as a partner in various projects and cooperative ventures to contribute to further progress in the treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.»

Dr. Monika Kobialko Stakeholder Manager Gastroenterology, MSD Switzerland

Our engagement in Switzerland

MSD supports the annual World IBD Day as an official partner. Its goal is to support an increase in global understanding and awareness in the public for people with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. In Switzerland, World IBD Day is being coordinated by patient organization Crohn Colitis Schweiz.

In partnership with leading gastroenterologists from IBDnet and the patient organization Crohn Colitis Schweiz, MSD has also developed IBDialog monthly: a practical app which gives patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and their gastroenterologists a continuous overview of their course of treatment.

Patient Website «MSD Gesundheit Schweiz»

On the patient website MSD Gesundheit Schweiz, interested people can find information on the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. They learn more about their causes, symptoms, progression and treatment options and get tips on additional topics like nutrition, pregnancy, sexuality and travel.

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CH-NON-00239, 10/2019