Crohn’s Disease

This is a very serious and painful medical condition which we do not deal with on this website as this is strictly best left for experts and professionals.

There are a number of wonderful organisations who do a great deal of excellent work for Crohn’s sufferers and it is those that we list here.  

To any Crohn’s sufferer we offer our deepest sympathy as this is the type of condition that plays havoc with life in  general.

Please find a definition and list of symptoms here, if any sound familiar do get checked out as soon as possible.  If you are a Crohn’s sufferer we hope you find the links of use.


Crohn’s Disease - Wikipedia Definition.

Crohn's disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms.

It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting (can be continuous), or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.

Crohn's disease is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. This results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens. Crohn's disease has wrongly been described as an autoimmune disease in the past; recent investigators have described it as an immune deficiency state.


Sources of Help:

USA

http://www.ccfa.org/

UK

http://www.nacc.org.uk/content/home.asp#top

Canada

http://www.ccfc.ca/site/c.ajIRK4NLLhJ0E/b.6349429/

Australia

http://www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au/

New Zealand

http://crohnsandcolitis.org.nz/

Ireland

http://www.iscc.ie/

Global

http://www.cdc.gov/ibd/

Sweden

http://www.swedish.org/Services/Colon-and-Rectal-Clinic/Services/Crohns-Disease#axzz2RYyOG9q4

Germany

http://www.morbuscrohn.ch/Default1.asp

France

http://www.crohninfo.ch/Default1.asp

Spain

http://www.zonacrohn.com/Default2.asp?flash=0

Italy

http://www.noieilcrohn.com/


Who gets it ?

Most commonly, teens and young adults, but children and people older than 70 can get it as well.  It seems to run in families.

What are the symptoms ?

Chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and rectal bleeding.

How do you treat it ?

The main categories of medicines include include anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, antibiotics, biologic therapies and immune modifiers.  Some 66% to 75% of patients will need surgery to remove the damaged portion of the digestive tract.  Diet does not appear to cause or worsen the condition.

What is it ? Its’s a condition in which the walls of the digestive system - commonly the small intestine and the colon - become inflamed causing pain and possibly obstruction.

Small Intestine

Inflammation can block the flow of nutrients.

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