It may occur in anyone at any time; however, most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 35. Chron’s Disease is an IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) which damages the digestive tract and may cause severe symptoms.
What is crohn’s disease ?
The Crohns Diseaseis described as “a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract”. This occurs because of an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. The immune system mistakes microbes, which are normally found in the intestines, for foreign substances and attacks them. This causes the body to produce white blood cells and other harmful chemicals which ultimately leads to chronic inflammation and bowel injury. Crohns can affect any part of the GI tract and may affect all layers of the
What are the symptoms of crohn’s disease?
Patients suffering from Chron’s Disease may have a range of symptoms from mild to severe. At times of remission, the patient may have no symptoms at all. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Abdominal Pain/ Cramping
- Blood in stools
- Reduced Appetite/ Weight Loss
- Skin Disorders
- Inflammation of Liver/ Bile Ducts
How is crohn’s disease is diagnosed ?
Because the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are similar to those of many other medical conditions, your gastroenterologist will want to perform tests or procedures to make the correct diagnosis. The following procedures or tests may be performed:
CT Scan (Computerized Tomography)
What is the treatment for crohn’s disease ?
Your Gastroenterologist may start with medications to control the inflammation which causes the symptoms associated with Crones Disease. There are various drug therapies that
Dr. FEUHOUO may use, including:
- Immune System Suppressors
- Biologic Medications
- Pain Relievers
- Iron/Calcium/Vitamin Supplements
At times when drug therapy no longer controls symptoms, Dr .FEUHOUO may recommend a surgical evaluation. Surgery is done to remove damaged parts of the digestive tract or to repair fissures, fistulas, and intestinal abscesses.
Crohn’s disease is a lifelong immune system disorder which can be controlled through the use of medications and surgical techniques. Although the average patient will go through periods of flares and remission, most patients can live a productive life. Lifestyle changes in diet as well as a close relationship with your GI doctor can help to create a regimen in which you can closely control your symptoms.
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