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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)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...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?

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.?

Yes, makes it worse: Read the information on this site for details. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20010416/fight-fire-of-crohns-disease-quit-smoking. ...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