- Symptoms - Abdominal pain and cramps, nausea, diarrhea, fever, blood in the stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, arthritis, skin disorders, fatigue
- Potential complications - Ulcers, malnutrition, colon cancer, obstructions, bleeding, perforations, and the development of fistulas (abnormal connections between sections of the intestine)
- Risk factors - age (most people develop Crohn’s disease between the ages of 20 and 30), heredity, smoking, urban environment, colder climate, medications (such as Accutane)
- Treatments - anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs to suppress the immune system, antibiotics, anti-diarrhea medicine, laxatives, pain relievers, iron supplements, vitamins, and calcium.
- Surgery - may be required to remove damaged sections of the colon, remove scar tissue, or close fistulas.
The definition of Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease in the small intestine and colon that causes the intestines to become thicker.
Facts About Crohn's Disease
An example of Crohn's disease is a chronic intestinal disease that causes diarrhea, nausea and cramping.
Origin of Crohn's diseaseafter B. B. Crohn (1884-1983), United States physician, coauthor of an article about the disease (1932)
Origin of Crohn's diseaseAfter Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884-1983), American physician
Eponym, Burrill Bernard Crohn.