Crohn’s disease is a form of IBD wherein inflammation can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation in Crohn’s disease is transmural, meaning it can occur throughout the entire width of the intestinal wall.
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Rectal bleeding
The disease is broken down further into five types, depending on the location of the affected areas
- Ileocolitis is the most common form of Crohn’s disease. It affects the ileum (section of small bowel just before the colon) and the colon (i.e., large intestine).
- Ileitis disease activity islimited to the ileum.
- Gastroduodenal disease activity affects the stomach and duodenum (i.e., first section of the small intestine).
- Jejunoileitis disease activity affects the jejunum (i.e., middle section of the small bowel, in between the duodenum and ileum).
- Crohn’s (granulomatous) colitis: disease activity affecting the colon only.
Crohn’s disease canalso cause
- Fistulas abnormal connections that form a channel between the intestine and a area (e.g., different section of bowel, skin) potentially allowing fluids or matter to pass through.
- Strictures scarring of the intestinal wall causes a narrowing of the bowel, which can result in a bowel obstruction (i.e., passage of food being blocked).
- Anal fissure tear or split in the tissue around the anus.
- Ulcers open sores may form in any part of the digestive tract.
View pictures of normal gut and Crohn's disease (Warning: medical images
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