What is Crohn's?
Crohn's disease is a disease that usually affects the small intestine and less commonly the colon, but it is capable of involving the remainder of the gastrointestinal tract (the mouth, esophagus, and stomach).
Other names for Crohn's disease include granulomatous enteritis, regional enteritis, ileitis, and granulomatous colitis when it involves the colon.
Pain areas: in the abdomen, joints, or rectum
Pain: can be mild or severe
Gastrointestinal (like stomach): bloating, blood in stool, bowel obstruction, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or flatulence
Whole body: fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite
Abdominal: cramping or tenderness
Crohn’s is not curable.
Medications like steroids are used to slow the progression
If medication doesn’t work, a patient might need Bowel Resection, which is a surgery that removes a part of the intestine.
Patients with Crohn's disease may need screening for colorectal cancer.
Medicine used to slow doown disease
Does the Disease Kill?
The disease does not kill, but if it is not treated the correct way then it could lead into cancer.
The disease is very rare, with less than 200,000 cases in the US per year.
Usually the disease affects people in their teen or thirties.
Crohn’s was named after Doctor Burrill B. Crohn in 1932.