What Is Crohn's Disease

mazeArticle Written by Jini Patel May 7, 2009

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease in which parts of the digestive system swell and develop deep sores, or ulcers. The ulcers usually occur in the last part of the small intestine and the first part off the large intestine, but can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, including the mouth, stomach and anus. The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but an abnormal immune system response, bacteria, viruses, genetics and smoking may all play a role.

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain, loose bowel movements or diarrhea, and weight loss. As the disease progresses, sufferers may develop mouth ulcers, rectal bleeding (blood in the stool), bowel blockages, anal fissures (tears) and anal fistulas (an abnormal passageway or opening between organs). Some Crohn’s sufferers develop anemia as a result of intestinal bleeding.

Crohn’s disease is often simply called Crohn’s, and sometimes referred to as Crohn disease. Inflammation of the small intestine is also called enteritis. Enteritis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral illness. Crohn's disease is related closely to another form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis involves only inflammation of the colon. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease are considered chronic, incurable diseases by the mainstream medical profession.

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Article Written by Jini Patel May 7, 2009

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