REGIONAL ENTERITIS (CROHN’S DISEASE)
- is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
- is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory disease of the intestinal tract.
- The exact cause of Crohn disease remains unknown.
- Current theories suggest that genetics, environment, diet, blood vessel abnormalities, and/or even psychosocial factors cause Crohn disease.
- Probably the most popular theory is that Crohn disease is caused by the immune system overreacting to infection by a virus or bacterium.
- Crohn disease apparently is not caused by emotional distress.
- Crohn disease definitely runs in families. People who have Crohn disease may have an inherited predisposition to abnormal immunologic response to one or more provoking factors.
- Prominent abdominal pain & diarrhea.
- Crampy pains occur after meal.
- Fever and Leukocytosis occur.
- Symptoms extend beyond the GI tract to include joint problems, skin lesions, ocular disorders and oral ulcers.
- Reduced appetite and weight loss.
- Colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy .
- Complete blood count (CBC).
- Computerized tomography (CT).
- 2. Immune system suppressors