Colitis and Crohns Disease Essay

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Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis (UC) are inflammatory conditions, which for a large part affect the large and small intestines. Most people view Crohn’s and Colitis as the same disease. But the truth is that many medical doctors incorrectly diagnose the two separate diseases. There are features of the two diseases that can assist a trained doctor in diagnosing which disease you have.
After many years of research so far nobody has been able to gather a clear understanding of what causes Crohn’s or UC. Crohn’s and UC present some of the same physical symptoms these symptoms include; Abdominal pain, bright red bleeding in your stool, gas, bloating, fever, severe weight loss, and sometimes skin rashes. Both diseases affect both genders, and are most often developed during someone’s teenage years, where it typically goes undiagnosed.
The number one difference in the two diseases is the location of where it is located within your intestines. Crohn’s disease and UC comprise two of the major categories of someone with IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease) UC primarily affects the end of your intestine, colon, and rectum. This is why someone with UC has a brighter blood in their stool than someone with Crohn’s. While it is estimated that over half a million people in the US suffer from Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease was named after Dr. Brurrill Crohn, in 1932 he published a paper in a medical journal that identified the symptoms that we now associate with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s