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Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Overview)

A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.


Dr. Abby Caplin
783 doctors shared insights

Crohn's Disease (Overview)

A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.


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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

Yes: Crohn's disease is hereditary, but that does not mean if you have crohn's your child will automatically get it. The risk of a child getting crohn's from a parent is less than 10%. The risk does go up if both parents have inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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What is crohn disease?

Inflammatory bowel: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, presumably run in families, more in caucasians, which can affect the whole GI from mouth to anus. It is a skipping inflammation, unclear cause, causing problem with absorption and secretory function and causes cramping, and diarrhea and the destruction of the intestinal lining results in fistula formations. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more

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What's crohn disease????

What's crohn disease????

An immune mediated: disease in which the body's immune system attacks the bacteria normally living in the bowels as foreign. This results in inflammation, narrowing, scarring, and perforation of the bowel. On the one hand, the immune system is overactive, and on the other hand the normal protective mechanisms don't act well to keep bacteria at bay in the intestine. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease serious?

Is celiac disease serious?

Can be: Think of the digestive tract as an assembly line where food comes in, is reduced to its parts, then moved into the body where the parts can be re-assembled into usable material.In celiac, the protein allergy injures the gut, reducing the ability to move any parts into the body.If the injury is bad enough you waste away and remain sickly. By avoiding the gluten, the body can heal & the system work ...Read more

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What is Crohn's disease?

Gut disease: This is a serious, troublesome, incurable, chronic disease usually involving the gut, causing the wall to thicken and become blocked. The new biotech medicines have made it much easier to treat than in the past. You may hear it called "regional enteritis" or "terminal ileitis"; the latter doesn't mean it's terminal in the sense that it's usually fatal. ...Read more

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Is hirschsprung's disease inheritiable?

Is hirschsprung's disease inheritiable?

Constipation: Hirschsprung's disease is a congenital disease. You are born with it. It causes constipation and /or obstruction due to non functioning of intestinal nerves. It is treatable, but may require surgery to diagnose and treat. In some cases it is heriditary but usually it is sporadic. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

Autoimmune: The immune system recognizes a protein usually a bacteria protein in your gut and your immune system does its job to clear that particular foreign protein. Unfortunately your gut is the innocent bystander in this process and sustains anywear from mild to severe damage and prevents it from absorbing nutrition. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease contagious?

Is celiac disease contagious?

No: Celiac disease is not contagious, but it is familial and hereditary. It is a type of immune system disorder in which a person reacts strongly to the protein "gluten", found in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, etc... ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease related to hiv?

Is Crohn's disease related to hiv?

No: There is no relationship to HIV. HIV is a virus. Crohn's disease is an immune mediated disease that occurs in patients born with a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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What is crohnes disease?

Inflammation: It is a disease that can affect any where from the mouth, stomach, intestines, colon to the anus. The disease sometimes skips areas. It is causes by genetics and an environmental trigger. It is diagnosed by a biopsy of the intestinal tract showing the characteristic connective tissue granulomas seen in crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease and taebo?

Exercise is good: Tae bo seems to be pretty high energy and impact. If your disease is under good control, you should haven't have major issues, like incontinence. Check out this excellent article on exercise and ibd: http://www.Webmd.Com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/features/exercising-when-you-have-a-gi-disorder. ...Read more

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How is Crohn's disease treated?

Medical and surgery: Crohn's is an inflammatory condition of the intestine. It can respond well to medical management. If it is refractory and results in bleeding, perforation, stricture, or fails to respond to medical manangment then surgery is available. 50% of patients may require surgery at some time. ...Read more

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