Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that affects the digestive tract. It is a long term disease that affects the intestines and the bowel movements. The disease has many symptoms, most of which can be associated with other chronic conditions. This makes it a little difficult to easily identify the condition. Most often, abdominal pain, bloody stools and diarrhoea are the common symptoms of this condition. Weight loss can also be attributed to Crohn’s disease. The disease is a part of a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
HOW IS CROHN'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Crohn’s disease is done through physical examination and medical history. Gastroenterologists may order for imaging and blood tests for confirming the diagnosis.
HOW IS CROHN'S DISEASE TREATED?
Mild diarrhea due to Crohn’s disease may be treated through home treatments. Antibiotics may be prescribed for treating the inflammation. More severe infections may require corticosteroids. After initial treatment, doctors may put the disease into remission with appropriate medicines. Severe cases of Crohn’s disease may require hospitalization and nutritional supplements
DID YOU KNOW?
Crohn’s disease can occur to anyone at any age. It affects men and women equally. It is most commonly between the ages of 13 and 30. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop Crohn’s. It is more common in developed nations and in urban areas.