Crohn’s disease (CD) is a relapsing and remitting form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes gastrointestinal inflammation with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and the passage of blood or mucous through the rectum.
Chron’s disease affects about 780,000 Americans. The causes of Crohn’s disease are not fully understood, but there are things we do know:
Crohn’s disease can affect each patient differently, but there are common signs and symptoms. Patients will likely experience periods when symptoms are most active, called flares, followed by a period where you may not notice any symptoms at all.
Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While symptoms vary, there are common symptoms of inflammation of the GI tract:
Crohn’s disease is located in the GI tract, but it can also affect the overall health of your body and cause other medical issues like:
In severe cases, Crohn’s disease can lead to severe complications:
Treatment for Crohn’s disease and other IBD disorders can include the use of medication, alterations in diet and nutrition, and surgical procedures to repair or remove affected portions of your GI tract.