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Crohn’s disease is a type of IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease), where inflammation can affect anywhere along the GI tract, but most commonly at the small and large intestines. Read to learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is not the same as ulcerative colitis. In Crohn’s disease the inflammation can occur anywhere along the GI tract, and the inflammation can be patchy. The inflammation can also be perforating, and affects all layers of the walls of the GI tract, whereas ulcerative colitis only affects the innermost lining of the large bowel.
Crohn’s disease does not have a known cause, however, there are risk factors that may be involved:
Crohn’s disease develops gradually, so the symptoms may also present gradually, and certain symptoms may worsen over time:
Crohn’s disease does not have a known cause, however, risk factors include autoimmune diseases, genetics, and diet.
Crohn’s disease symptoms can be found above. However, female patients may also experience irregular periods, iron deficiency, fertility issues, and pain during sex.
Crohn’s disease has no cure. Good management of the disease is needed to reduce inflammation that triggers the symptoms.
Crohn’s disease symptoms can change with age. They progreess with the duration of having the disease.
Well-controlled Crohn’s disease patients usually have the same life expectancy as those without the disease.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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