DEFINITION, WHAT IS CROHN’S A long term inflammatory disease that can affect any part of thedigestive tract.
WHAT CAUSES CROHN’S? The exact cause of Crohn’s is unknown, although it may be anautoimmune disorder that attacks parts of the intestine.
SYMPTOMS Diarrhea Abdominal pain Fever Weight loss Arthritis General feeling of malaise. If the colon is affected, symptoms mayalso include, the following; Diarrhea often with blood Bloody discharge from the anus
TRANSMISSION Crohn’s Disease is not contagious
DIAGNOSIS If your doctor suspects you have Crohn’s, he or she will arrangefor a colonoscopy to examine your intestines.Diagnosis
TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Mild causes of Crohn’s can be treated with antidiarrheal drugs;whereas, for an acute attack your doctor may prescribe oralcorticosteroids Most people learn to live reasonably normal lives but 7 in 10people eventually need surgery Repeated surgery can shorten life expectancy