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Causes of chrons disease?

Causes of chrons disease?

Not known yet: The cause seems to be a combination of genetics (different immune defects) and environmental triggers. The subtypes of crohn's disease may also have different immune defects, and for this reason people may respond differently to treatments. Though much more is known now about cd, we still don't know the cause. But stress and some foods can make it worse. Decreasing stressors can help a lot. ...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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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 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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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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What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

Many cause arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis commonly cause arthritis. The joints are the target of many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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How are appendicitis and Crohn's disease linked?

Hard to say: The real problem is the difficulty in telling the difference between crohn's ileitis and appendicitis. Crohn's ileitis is treated with medicine, whereas appendicits requires an emergency operation. But a ct scan should be able to tell the difference. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease associated cancer?

Is celiac disease associated cancer?

Yes: Celiac disease, especially if one has symptoms or small intestine inflammation/damage, does increase one's risk of small intestine cancer (adenocarcinoma, lymphoma). The increased risk may go to normal if one stays on a completely gluten free diet and stops having intestinal symptoms for many years. Celiac disease is not a risk factor for stomach cancer, according to the american cancer society. ...Read more

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How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is chron's intestinal disease?

What is chron's intestinal disease?

Chronic inflammation: Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and it belongs to a group known as inflammatory bowel diseases. It most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Persistent diarrhea, pain, bleeding, weight loss, some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

We thought so..: So we knew that oxidative stress is a key factor in cancers and other disease processes. So naturally we thought, lets load patients with antioxidants to prevent that. We did studies and it showed antioxidants have no effect. Which means there's a lot more to it than the oxidation issue. So although logic says antioxidants are good, we just don't have definitive proof of it. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

Cure for IBD?: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments. ...Read more

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What chronic/autoimmune/genetic diseases have flare-ups like Lupus?

What chronic/autoimmune/genetic diseases have flare-ups like Lupus?

Many: There are many that can have flares. That is a hard question to answer if you are looking for a diagnosis based on just having a flare...? ...Read more

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How does inflammatory bowel disease differ from ibs?

Significantly: In ibs the bowel is anatomically normal, but responds more intensely to stimuli. Anemia, weight loss, and bloody diarrhea are unusual. Surgery is not a part of therapy. In ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) at least some layers of the intestine are diseased. Ulcerative colitis can be cured by removal of colon and rectum. Crohn's disease may involve any part of the GI tract and cannot be cured. ...Read more

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What increases my family's risk for Crohn's disease?

What increases my family's risk for Crohn's disease?

Smoking: In addition to what is said, the most potent environmental risk factor is tobacco, which increases the risk of developing and crohn's disease and also increases the severity and complication rate of crohn's disease. Another likely environmental risk factor is northern latitude. It is unclear why this increases the disease risk. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease cause chronic pelvic pain?

Does celiac disease cause chronic pelvic pain?

No: Celiac disease is a autoimmune , digestive disease, causing malabsorption , due to gluten sensitivity initial symptoms with abdominal bloating, pain diarrhea, followed by other symptoms, including depression .Chronic pelvic pain is not one of them, if occurs it is very rare. ...Read more

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