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Description

Crohn's disease is characterized by a chronic ulceration of a section or sections of the digestive tract. It is a nonspecific, inflammatory disease usually affecting the lower intestine and often involving the colon. This disorder is not contagious. Its cause is still unknown, although it is known that food allergies increases the risk of developing it. Studies have also suggested that free radical damage may be involved.

Symptoms

Symptoms can include pain in the upper and lower abdomen , headaches, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, loss of weight and/or appetite. Chronic bleeding from the bowel can occur. If the walls of the intestine leak peritonitis can occur along with mouth or anal sores. Pain, nausea, and diarrhea can be so prevalent that the sufferer will avoid eating.

Causes

Although a cause has not been determined, Crohn's disease may involve a response in the large intestine as a result of food sensitivities. Avoidance may not always remedy the condition, as the patient needs to rebuild the lining of the intestine. The onset of Crohn's disease often occurs between the ages of fourteen and thirty. Attacks occur every few months to every few years. If the disease progresses for many years, bowel function often deteriorates. Left untreated, it can become very serious and it could increase the risk of cancer. Most cases start before age 40, with peak incidence in the 20s. It is equal in both sexes, and has genetic tendencies. A lack of vitamin C and E may play a part in the problem.

 
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