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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

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining ...Read more


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How can I kno if I have chrons?

How can I kno if I have chrons?

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

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How do I know if I have chrons disease?

How do I know if I have chrons disease?

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

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What is the best way to help chrons pain?

What is the best way to help chrons pain?

Not really. : Crohn's is associated with arthritis. Pain in joints requires drugs to cut inflammation. If you have abdominal pain, then more likely than not, your crohn's is active ! ...Read more

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What medication do you take for chrons disease?

What medication do you take for chrons disease?

Stop smoking: No medication will be as useful as stopping smoking. There are many anti-inflammatory meds available and these can be adjusted for you by a good gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can I still have food I like if chrons disease?

Can I still have food I like if chrons disease?

Crohn's and diet: There is no direct link to diet type or specific foods and flares of Crohn's disease. Individuals may have issues with certain foods depending on the area affected by Crohn's. If you notice a specific food causes you to have an increase in symptoms I would avoid it. ...Read more

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My husband has chrons diease what foods can he eat and what food to avoid?

Depends: Usually doesn't matter with regards to progression or resolution of crohns disease, unless he has an active fistula or high grade small bowel obstruction. With active crohns disease it's important he sees a gastroenterologist on a regular bases. ...Read more

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If I have beginning stages of chrons will it show on any tests or procedures. Is it possible to have chrons and it not show? It would explain a lot

Crohn's: This condition can show up on blood testing and on colonoscopy, endoscopy, or small bowel capsule endoscopy. By the time you are having symptoms it is usually not hard to find if you look for it. The diagnosis can be difficult in a small number of people so you have to work with your doctor in that case and sometimes try treatments to see if you improve assuming inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Dose smoking affect chrons disease.?

Dose smoking affect chrons disease.?

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 more

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What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

What is a more serious disease. Chrons or ulcertive colitis?

Depends on: Extent of disease, but in general ulcerative colitis is easier to control. Best to ask your doctor about your specific condition. ...Read more

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What is treatment for chrons disease ?

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

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Most common drug for treatment of chrons disease?

Most common drug for treatment of chrons disease?

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

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What kind of blood tests does chrons disease affect?

What kind of blood tests does chrons disease affect?

Crones: Not a diagnosis made on blood work. Diagnosis made usually at colonoscopy with biopsy. ...Read more

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How often is apendicitis misdiagnosed as chrons disease.

How often is apendicitis misdiagnosed as chrons disease.

Not uncommonly: Crohn's disease frequently involves the terminal ileum which is right next to the appendix. Crohn's inflammation here can easily be mistaken for appendicitis. A ct scan before surgery can often differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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Is it not good to take vicodin 5/500 for chrons disease?

Is it not good to take vicodin 5/500 for chrons disease?

Currently: 500 mg Acetaminophen has been removed from the market by the fda. This means you have an old prescription. The risk of Acetaminophen toxicity and liver damage was unacceptable so only 300 to 325 mg is allowed in the tablet of vicodin. ...Read more

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From a psychiatrist point of view would it be helpful to go see a psychiatrist if you have chrons?

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 more

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What r the signs of IBS or chrons?

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 more

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Could agent orange cause chrons disease?

Unlikely: Agent orange, a defoliant used in vietnam is implicated in many disorders including diabetes, neuropathy, various cancers and heart disease. ...Read more

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Has anyone with chrons disease taken azathioprine?

Has anyone with chrons disease taken azathioprine?

Yes: I prescribe it for many of my patients and it is generally effective and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Can chrons disease be confused with diverticular disease ?

It's Possible: Crohn's disease may affect any part of the intestinal tract (mouth-to-anus) whereas diverticulitis usually affects the sigmoid colon. However, both cause inflammation that may be difficult to differentiate by ct scan alone. Colonoscopy and pathology evaluation should aid in the differentiation, as well as one's personal history. ...Read more