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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Usually found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine, Chrohn’s disease can also develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.

Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease Include:

  • Abdominal pain/cramping
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding from the rectum/Bloody stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Ulcers

Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease:

Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed through the following:

  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Barium Enema
  • Biopsy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT Scan
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Medical history and physical exam
  • MRI
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or Upper Endoscopy)

Treatment for Crohn’s Disease:

Crohn’s disease is usually managed by prescribed medications that will help stop inflammation in the colon and alleviate symptoms. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease. Surgery is rarely needed, as it is not a cure, and the disease can return to areas that were not usually affected.

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