Crohn’s Disease

Below you will find more information about Crohn’s Disease from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Crohn’s Disease and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Crohn’s Disease comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Crohn's disease is a chronic, inflammatory disorder most usually affecting the gastrointestinal tract. It can constrict the bowel and thus cause bowel obstruction, make abnormal passageway between the bowel and other body parts such as the skin, and result to inflammation without causing strictures or fistulae. Among the parts afflicted with this disorder are the ileum and the large intestine, as well as any part of the digestive system including the mouth and the anus.

Diagnosis

Colonoscopy is best used to diagnose the condition because it provides visualization of the colon and identifies the pattern of the disease. Biopsy and radiologic tests may also be conducted.

Treatment

There is no cure for this disease but it can be managed through medications that treat infection and reduce inflammation. Patient have to make lifestyle adjustments in terms of diet, proper hydration and avoiding smoking.

Symptoms and Signs

Most people with Crohn's disease can go on for years without getting diagnosed because of the vague symptoms and due to the depth of tissue involvement. It is therefore important to be look out for signs such as abdominal pain, which is cramp-like, and accompanied by diarrhea. Other indications of the disease include vomiting, nausea, itchiness or pain around the anus, which may be a sing of inflammation, fistulization or abscess around the area.

Causes

There is no known cause of Crohn's disease, however, research has found that it is linked to genetic and environmental factors. Individuals who have siblings afflicted with the disease are 30 times more likely to acquire the disorder.

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