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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 does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

Few ways.: Crohn's is an inflammatory disease that releases inflammtory mediators into the blood stream. There may be some small component of edema from that. Secondly it is also associated with an arthritis that can cause local joint edema and an increase in distal lymphatic pressure. Thirdly there may be protein / malabsorption losses which can increase edema. ...Read more

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What cause Crohn's disease ?

What cause Crohn's disease ?

Life: Immune disease, immune deficiencys, genetics, possile with stress added. See a good gastroenterologist. Inflammatory bowel disease must be treated as soon as diagnosed! ...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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Can you die from Crohn's disease?

Can you die from Crohn's disease?

Rarely: If untreated and out of control, people can lose weight, not absorb enough nutrients and become quite sick. Sometimes people need surgery when other treatments aren't effective. As with any illness that requires medication and/or surgical interventions, there is always risk, but many people living with crohn's can improve with appropriate intevention and live a fairly normal life. ...Read more

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What test diagnoses Crohn's disease?

What test diagnoses Crohn's disease?

Biopsy: Confirmatory test is biopsy via upper GI endoscopy and/or colonoscopy. Crohn's usually presents with inflammatory changes and granulomas (areas of immune system consolidation) at the end of the small intestine (terminal ileum) but it can involve any part of the GI tract. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Crohn's disease?

Multiple: colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy. Imaging studies (usually CT scan or MRI). Blood tests ("IBD serologies", the most popular one is called the Prometheus panel). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

Many possibilities: There are many potential symptoms: weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, fever. Any of these could be symptoms. Its a tricky disease unfortunately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

Variable: Symptoms can include abdominal crampy pain, diarhea 8-12 times per day, blood in stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, inflammatory process near anus among others. If suspicious see either a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist for an evaluation and opinion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

Multiple: Abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, blood in stool, weight loss, fever. Other symptoms depend on complications such as formation of fistulae, intestinal obstruction, nutritional deficiencies and chronic inflammation. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more