Crohn's Disease Essay

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Abdominal cramps and pains
Weight loss
Skin rashes
Lack of concentration


You feel faint or have a fast and weak pulse.
You have severe belly pain.
You have a fever or shaking chills.
You are vomiting again and again.


The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. This disease may result from an abnormal response by the body's immune system to normal intestinal bacteria. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses also may play a role.
Crohn's disease can run in families, so some people may be more likely than others to develop the condition when exposed to something that triggers an immune reaction. Environmental factors may also play a role in causing this disease.


The main treatment for Crohn's disease is medicine to stop the inflammation in the intestine and medicine to prevent flare-ups and keep you in remission. A few people have severe, persistent symptoms or complications that may require a stronger medicine, a combination of medicines, or surgery. The type of symptoms you have and how bad they are will determine the treatment you need. Your doctor will most likely start with the traditional first-line treatment for Crohn's disease. He or she will then add or change medicines if you are not getting better.
For mild to moderate symptoms:
Medicines that suppress the immune system
For severe symptoms:
Corticosteroids given through a vein
Ongoing treatment

Who to See

The following doctors can diagnose most cases of Crohn's disease:
Family medicine doctor

To help you manage Crohn's disease, you will probably be referred to a gastroenterologist.

To be evaluated for surgery, you may be referred to a:
General surgeon
Colorectal surgeon

Overview Crohn's disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Parts of the digestive system camera get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers which can be very painful in digestion. Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine. But it can develop