Crohn's Disease... Say What?
The impact on the Digestive System
Crohn's Disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). What are IBD?
So what is Crohn's Disease?
- Ileocolitis (affects the end of the small intestine (ileum) and the beginning of the large intestine(colon))
- Ileitis (affects ileum)
- Gastroduodenal (affects stomach and beginning of ileum)
- Jejunoileitis (affects upper part of small intestine)
- Crohn's (Granulomatous) Colitis (affects colon)
Crohn's Disease could also develop something called a fistula. A fistula is a fibrous structures that connect the intestine to the skin, bladder, and /or vagina. This causes another disease that could further damage the gastrointestinal tract.
Crohn's Disease is most often treated in people from ages 15-35. Some symptoms include:
- Rectal Bleeding
- Abdominal cramps
- Sensation of incomplete evacuation
- Loss of appetite
This disease not only damages the gastrointestinal tract, it prevents nutrient absorption in some areas of the intestine and also obstructs the passage of food through the tract. There is no known cure for the disease, but therapies that could suppress its effects for a long period of time.
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