WHAT IS CROHN’S DISEASE ?
A chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal
tract. It primary causes ulceration in the large and
It usually affects the large and small intestines but can
occur anywhere in the GI tract from the mouth to the
NORMAL DIGESTIVE TRACT
Organs of the digestive tract
WHAT CAUSES CROHN’S DISEASE ?
The cause of Crohn’s Disease is unknown
-Immune system acting on its self
-Something in the environment
WHO GET’S CROHN’S DISEASE?
500 thousand Americans have Crohn’s
20 to 25% have a blood relative with Crohn’s
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and
35, but can occur at any age
Affects males and females equally
Occurs in Caucasians more often than any other racial
Found mainly in developed countries
Smoking also increases risk
Abdominal pain and cramping
Anal pain or drainage
Symptoms outside the intestines
Eyes (redness and itching)
Joints ( swelling and pain)
Skin ( bumps and other lesions)
Liver (hepatitis and cirrhosis) rare
Family and personal history
Diet and Nutrition
-Decrease in appetite
-Poor absorption of nutrients
-Two-thirds of patients will require surgery
Can stress make Crohn’s Disease worse?
Is pregnancy safe for women with Crohn’s Disease?
Can Crohn’s cause cancer?
LIVING WITH CROHN’S
Crohn’s Disease is not curable but it is treatable.
Most people will have periods of remission
It’s import to follow you doctors advice
FINDING A CURE
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
About Crohn’s Disease, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. 2 April 2010. http://ccfa.org/info/about/crohns
Cocker, Joe. “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” Super Hits, SONEY&BMG
Crohn’s Disease, MedicineNet.com.: 2 April 2010 http: www.medicinenet.com/crohns_disease/article.htm
Crohn’s Disease, National Institute of Heath, National Digestive Disease Information Clearing House: 2 April 2010
Crohn’s Info, Crohn’s Disease Info Center. Shafran Gastroenterology Center. 2 April
Living with Crohn’s, N.p. :Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, March 2007
Normal and Diseased Colons, Online Image, 2 April 2010