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What Is Crohn's Disease (CD)?
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disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract -
including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and
anus. It can affect any portion of the digestive tract, but is most
common in the ileum - the lowest portion of the small intestine, where
it connects with the large intestine.
disease is characterized by active periods, known as flare-ups,
followed by periods of remission, during which symptoms diminish or
disappear altogether. Its cause is not known.
disease may cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Loss of appetite
and weight loss also may accompany the disease. An individual's
symptoms may range from mild to severe, but people with Crohn's disease
are generally able to lead active and productive lives.
for Crohn's disease include a variety of medications, dietary
adjustments, and, when necessary, surgery. In addition, patients are
often encouraged to incorporate stress-reduction techniques into their
shares some symptoms with another inflammatory condition: ulcerative
colitis. The two diseases are often grouped under the heading
"inflammatory bowel disease." It is important to understand, however,
that the two conditions are different.
- Ulcerative colitis affects only the mucosal membrane, or inner lining, of the GI wall and is limited to the colon.
Crohn's disease affects the full thickness of the GI wall and can occur
anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus.
few individuals suffer a single bout of Crohn's disease, then go into
remission and never experience another flare-up. Others suffer frequent
bouts of active disease. For many people, flare-ups can be brought
under control by a combination of medication and dietary changes. For
some, a period of complete bowel rest (during which they are nourished
with fluids delivered intravenously) is necessary.
than half of all people who live with Crohn's disease will need to have
surgery at some point to treat the disease. Surgical treatments include:
Correction of a fistula (an inappropriate opening through the
intestinal wall) or fissure (a deep crevice in the skin around the
- Draining of an abscess (a pocket of infection on
the bowel wall or outside the bowel wall near a portion of diseased
- Opening of a stricture (narrowing) or obstruction of the bowel
- Removal (resection) of a segment of diseased tissue