What is Crohn’s Disease?

 

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Crohn’s disease falls under the classification of Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. This disease generally affects the human’s intestines though it may occur anywhere in the digestive system.  

Crohn’s disease is also considered to be an auto-immune disease, where the body is being attacked by its very own anti-bodies. Unfortunately, the disease is chronic.  Crohn’s disease is then managed through diet, lifestyle, and medications. 

Regardless of how advanced our scientific technology may be, the body is still mysterious.  The root cause of Crohn’s disease is still unknown.  Evidence is beginning to surface indicating genetic anomalies are at least part a contributor to the inflammation. 

There are also speculations of infection and diet being the cause of Crohn’s disease yet there is no concrete proof that could back up those speculations.  In addition, Helicobacter pylori I lead to gastritis which in and of itself can become chronic. 

Crohn's is classified as a disease becasue it can be categorically identified in a laboratory.  Other digestive problems have similar symptoms, yet are not able to be pinned down to being a disease.

 Crohns disease usually manifests itself in the last part of the small intestine, and the first part of the large intestine, but can be found anywhere in the entire digestive tract,, which is one thing that distinguishes it from ulcerative colitis. Sometimes (10%) of patients it is not possible to distinguish between the two.

The innermost layer is responsible for absorbing nutrients and protein. People who have Crohns have a hard time absorbing what they need, in addition to heavy diarrhea where the food passes too quickly.

Chart of types of Crohn's Disease