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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
A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more
Esophageal Varices: Staging is 1-4(4 is worst). Presence of varices indicates liver disease in most instances. Larger varices (stage 4) may be rubber banded, medication injected or in some instances surgical or radiology procedure for elimination. Many GI specialists place stage 1-2 on medication to aid in decrease in size and reduce risk of spontaneuous bleeding. Patient should be under care of GI specialist. ...Read more
Crohn's diagnosis: The symptoms from crohn's range from very severe to very mild. If your primary doctor suspects crohn's they'll usually get some basic blood tests - cbc, esr, chemistry panel, liver tests, crp, but then most likely refer you to a GI specialist for a colonoscopy. The doctor will look for ulcerations, other signs of inflammation, and will do a biopsy, which will help with the diagnosis of crohn's. ...Read more
That's a no-no: Many studies have shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn's Disease, and research suggests that smoking increases the severity of the disease. Read more at: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel.../smoking-and-ibd ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long answer to this: Sometimes nothing, sometimes very expensive lifetime meds, and many options in between, depending on the symptoms and their duration. If you have confirmed or likely diagnosis, you deserve a long dicussion. ...Read more
Vary: Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease and usually respond to any treatment that affects immune responses. Currently drugs like remicade, (infliximab) humira, or other tnf drugs are the choices. If you are a sufferer, check with your gastroenterologist on the best treatment for you. ...Read more
Blood, stool, ?scope: A history and physical exam will be most important. They will very likely start with blood tests. Often they get stool tests which can take a few days to come back. Based on all of this data they will decide on whether your child needs an endoscopy or colonoscopy which is a direct look in the bowels with a small camera. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From a psychiatrist point of view would it be helpful to go see a psychiatrist if you have chrons?
Mind-body connection: There's no real separation between mind and body, even though our culture seems to act like there is. Chronic physical illnesses have emotional effects, and emotions affect the body too. An example: blushing! in the case of crohns, personal stresses can exacerbate this -- and it's important to learn your triggers ; how to deal with them. Pick a psychiatrist whose practice includes psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adominal Discomfort: Ibs can affect people differently. Some experience lower abdominal cramping, pain and/or bloating with constipation, diarrhea or both. It is often triggered by stress or different foods. Crohns is an inflammatory disease of GI tract that can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and rectal bleeding. Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I prescribe it for many of my patients and it is generally effective and well tolerated. ...Read more
Interstitial lung disease is a group of various conditions that affect the thin tissue between the airspaces in the lung. These disorders lead to thickening, fibrosis & scarring of the lung over time, making it difficult for patients to breathe. They can be caused by exposure to environmental toxins, certain drugs, infections, autoimmune disorders, genetic problems ...Read more
In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more
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