Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is more commonly known as Crohn’s disease. This disease affects men and women equally and can occur at any stage of life.
Crohn’s disease is most commonly found at the end of the small intestine, although it can affect any part of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In addition, this disease can also affect your eyes, skin and joints.
If you are experiencing abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea and other GI symptoms, this may be due to the inflammation that accompanies Crohn’s disease.
Here are some of the main concerns and identifiers related to this GI disorder.
What are the causes of Crohn’s disease?
Although the exact cause is unknown, contributing factors can be from your genetics, the environment as well as an overactive immune system.
How are you diagnosed with Crohn’s disease?
Similar to other GI conditions, you will likely undergo several tests and procedures to assess whether you may have the disease or not. Unfortunately, there is no one test available to diagnose the disease.
How is Crohn’s disease treated?
Because Crohn’s disease is chronic, it requires life-long treatment. Although there is no cure, it can certainly be addressed and maintained. The most important goals in regards to treatment are to control inflammation and ultimately achieve and maintain remission.
Interested in learning more about this GI disorder? Visit CrohnsAndColitis.com or schedule an appointment to speak with a physician at Cary Gastroenterology Associates.