Crohn's disease is a long-term bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. This Inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the back passage, but most commonly occurs in the last section of the small intestine or the large intestine. The common symptoms are:
• abdominal pain
• fatigue (extreme tiredness)
• unintended weight loss
• blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)
HOW IS CROHN'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
In order to be sure that the diagnosis is correct, a general physician will conduct a series of examinations and lab tests. The aim of the diagnosis would be to rule out the other conditions that present similar symptoms. Also, there is imaging scans recommended to identify the exact part of the digestive tract that is infected.
HOW IS CROHN'S DISEASE TREATED?
The treatment of Crohn’s Disease includes management of symptoms like inflammation with strong medicines and surgery. Mild cases may require medicines to stop the loose motions, while antibiotics may be required for more severe cases. Corticosteroids and biologics as well as enteral nutrition may be required for severe cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Crohn’s disease affects the immune system as well, causing symptoms outside the digestive tract