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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, or inflammation of the colon. It is similar to ulcerative colitis, but it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract — from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation tends to have specific patterns and may affect one area more than others. It is associated with varying degrees of severity. Many patients with Crohn’s disease ultimately require surgery at some point in their life, and surgery is often done to treat complications related to the disease. It requires care of a specialized physician trained in the disease.

Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease

  • Blood in the stool
  • Recurring rectal discomfort, pain or feeling of incomplete evacuation of stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

Crohn’s disease can be associated with other conditions outside the intestine, including:

  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Uveitis (inflammation in a part of the eyes)
  • Sclerosing cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts)
  • Skin conditions and rashes
  • Perianal fistulas, fissures or skin tears, and skin tags

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