Crohn's disease  It is a disease of the intestine that appears mainly during the youth. It produces a chronic inflammation of different parts of the digestive tract, the most frequent is in the small and large intestine. It is also located in other parts such as Crohn's colitis or granulomatous colitis (affects the large intestine) and ileitis (affects the ileum). Sometimes symptoms appear outside of the intestine (inflammation of the eyes, skin, or joints).

The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The following can also be found:

  • blood in the toilet, on toilet paper, or in stool
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fever
  • lack of energy
  • skin tags (on the skin), ulcers, and fluid leakage from the anus
  • mouth sores
  • weightloss

The exact cause of Crohn's disease is not clearly known. It is thought to be a combination of genetic, immune, and environmental factors. Diet and stress have also been discussed as factors, but it has not been concluded that they are the cause; however these can make symptoms worse.

Crohn's disease is treated with medications, changes in diet, and sometimes by operating on the patient. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms as well as prevent future seizures and other problems.


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