What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. The disease can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum.
Crohn's disease seems to run in some families. It can occur in people of all age groups, but is most often diagnosed in young adults.
What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?
Common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and diarrhea. Bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems and fever may also occur. Children with the disease may have growth problems. Other problems can include intestinal blockage and malnutrition.
How is Crohn's disease treated?
Treatment may include medicines, nutrition supplements, surgery or a combination of these options. Some people have long periods of remission, where they are free of symptoms.
Talk to someone who is experiencing the same symptoms. The local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is an excellent resource. The number for the local chapter is 651-917-2424. The number for the national organization is 800-932-2423. For further information their website address is http://www.ccfa.org/
Learn more about Crohn's Disease from The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Website
Click here for a brief video on Infammatory Bowel Disease
Take Steps, Be Heard for Crohn's & Colitis! The Crohn's and colitis community in Minnesota is committed to continue awareness and fundraising efforts because we need to find better therapies and ultimately a cure for our friends and neighbors who struggle daily with these terrible digestive diseases. Learn more about the Take Steps Walk.