CROHN'S DISEASE
Description


  Symptoms
Abdominal pain Abdominal cramps Defecation - stool bloody
Diarrhea Fatigue/exhaustion Fever
Vomiting Weight - loss  
     
  Description

Crohn's disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. Most commonly, Crohn's affects the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine.

Abdominal pain, which is usually the initial symptom of Crohn's disease, often is located in the right lower quadrant.

Crohn's disease is a relatively uncommon condition and can affect people of all ages. The disease may begin gradually with periods of active symptoms and periods of remissions.

The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. However, the following factors have been statistically associated with the cause:

• genes

• autoimmune reaction

• environment

• smoking

  Diagnosis

Diagnosis can be confirmed with:

• Physical exam and medical family history

• CT scan

• Intestinal endoscopy

• Colonoscopy

• Blood test

• Stool test (to rule out other causes)

• Barium swallow (or upper gastrointestinal series)

  More information:
Crohn's Disease Treatment
Crohn's Disease Healthcare Centers
 

 

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