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Crohn's Disease Medications

What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic (long-term) inflammation of the digestive tract. The inflammation causes uncomfortable and bothersome symptoms and may seriously damage the digestive tract.

What causes Crohn's disease?

The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. Genetic, infectious, environmental, and immune system causes have all been investigated, but a single cause has not been identified.

What are the risks of Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease has no known cure. Fistulas (abnormal connections with other organs) and abscesses (pockets of swollen or dead tissue that may become infected) commonly form, and surgery is sometimes necessary to remove the diseased bowel, drain abscesses, and repair fistulas.

How is Crohn's disease treated?

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Treatment is focused on reducing the inflammation, thereby relieving symptoms and preventing complications. The mainstay of treatment is the use of drugs to decrease inflammation. Good nutrition is essential because nutrient absorption may be impaired. Antibiotics may be needed after surgery or if infection occurs.

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Crohn's Disease Symptoms

The most common symptoms in Crohn's disease are those related to the inflammatory damage to the digestive tract. Those and other symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea that waxes and wanes, and may contain blood, pus, or mucus.
  • Crampy or steady pain in the lower part of the abdomen or around the belly button.
  • Pain or bleeding with bowel movement
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal infections

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Crohn Disease »

Crohn disease is an idiopathic, chronic, transmural inflammatory process of the bowel that often leads to fibrosis and obstructive symptoms, which can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus.

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