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Anatomy Involved in Crohn Disease (cont.)


What are the signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease?

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The inflammation from Crohn's disease may cause signs and symptoms of pain in the abdomen that may make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.

Other symptoms of Crohn's disease include

Signs and symptoms of complications of Crohn's disease are urinary tract infection (UTI) or vaginal infection.

How does Crohn's disease affect the digestive system?

Patient Comments

The following complications may occur in the digestive tract due to the complications of Crohn's disease:

  • Blockage in the intestine due to thickening of the intestinal walls
  • Ulcers or fissures may tunnel through the affected area into surrounding areas (for example, bladder, vagina, skin)
  • Fistulas (communication between the intestine and other adjacent organs) may develop
  • Thickening of the wall due to acute inflammation may narrow the lumen of the small intestine.
  • Scar tissue resulting from the healing process also may lead to a narrowed bowel
  • Strictures

What are the nutritional complications of Crohn's disease?

Patient Comments

Nutritional complications are common in Crohn's disease. Protein, calorie, and vitamin deficiencies may be due to inadequate dietary intake, loss of protein in the intestine, or poor absorption. Depending on what part of the intestine is affected, the symptoms and complications may differ.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care.

REFERENCE: UpToDate. Patient information: Crohn's disease (Beyond the Basics).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/23/2016
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