• Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can damage the lining of any part of the digestive system, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, or anus. However, it usually affects the large intestine and the lower small intestine.

  • The exact cause of Crohn's disease is still not well understood. But researchers believe it is most likely caused by several factors

  • The presence of the following "alarm symptoms" of Crohn's disease requires prompt consultation with a doctor: abdominal pain diarrhea (especially if it occurs at night) associated with the following: weight loss iron deficiency elevated inflammatory markers Crohn's disease is often diagnosed by a gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in the digestive system).

  • Crohn's disease can have a devastating effect on your work, family, and social life: Crohn's disease is a life-long condition with no cure. The disease is unpredictable, so there's no telling when a flare-up may strike. During a flare-up, you may experience symptoms that may be painful, embarrassing, or debilitating, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, and weight loss.

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