Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The exact cause of Crohn’s is unknown, but current research and analysis show that it might be a type of autoimmune disorder. Like all forms of IBD, Crohn’s disease is chronic and there is not currently a cure; but there are treatments that can address symptoms and may help achieve remission.
Evidence of Crohn’s disease can be seen from the mouth to the anus and is found throughout the entire thickness of the lining of the GI tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea (often with blood in the stool), weight loss, fevers, night sweats, and anemia. Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed at any age, but is most common in patients under 30. Diagnosis is made based on a detailed medical history, lab work, colonoscopy, and possibly an endoscope. The presence of Crohn’s disease can increase a patient’s risk for developing colon cancer. For this reason, your doctor will discuss the recommended screening schedule for colonoscopies at more frequent intervals than the general public.
A gastroenterologist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s disease. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take medications as prescribed.Your AIDH gastroenterologist will partner with you in managing your disease. Flare ups can be severe and should be reported to your doctor immediately.