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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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Can Crohn's disease cause stomach ulcers?

Can Crohn's disease cause stomach ulcers?

Yes: Crohns disease can affect any portion of the GI tract from the mouth to the rectum. ...Read more

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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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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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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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Gastrointestinal pains worsening with wheat = celiac disease.?

Gastrointestinal pains worsening with wheat = celiac disease.?

Celiac disease: Abdominal symptoms - whether constipation, pain, diarrhea - aggravated by wheat ingestion is surely suggestive of a gluten intolerance. There are various blood tests that can be used for screening- gliadin, endomyseal, transglutaminase antibodies. Gold standard for diagnosis is still felt to be an upper endoscopy with biopsy of the small bowel. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause vasculitis?

Can celiac disease cause vasculitis?

Almost never: Vasculitis complicating celiac disease has been described but is extremely rare, and is not the most likely cause of any symptoms you might be experiencing. ...Read more

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How to differentiate ischemic heart disease from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

How to differentiate ischemic heart disease from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Tough Sometimes: In general, ischemic heart symptoms are exacerbated by exertion while symptoms of gerd are not related to exertion. It can be difficult to differentiate the two based on symptoms alone. It is important to exclude angina when you are having persistent symptoms rather than assume it is gerd. ...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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Gastroparesis related to hashimoto disease?

Gastroparesis related to hashimoto disease?

It may..: Patients with gastroparesis may usually have underlying diabetes. There are other causes for gastroparesis, including a hypoactive thyroid.It turns out that the most common kind of hypothyroidism is hashimoto's disease, which is an autoimmune disease just like some forms of diabetes!your endocrinologist can definitely provide more info about this. Take care! ...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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Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Crohn's is: A type of inflammatory bowel disease as is ulcerative colitis. These are the two most common and there is a spectrum of diseases between the two with characteristics of both. Check with a good gastroenterologist. Treatments can be variable. ...Read more

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Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

Many Possibilities: If this is chronic and not a new problem may need to consider your diet such as things like coffee, smoking, spicy foods, and alcohol intake. Also there can be a chronic infection of the stomach that can cause this called h. Pylori which can be tested for by blood and stool tests. This is treatable with antibiotics. Also try otc meds like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec with maalox. Try changing diet as well. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more

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What is the disease course for eosinophilic enteropathy?

What is the disease course for eosinophilic enteropathy?

Varies with location: Uncommon disorder. Xs eosinophils (type of wbc) in parts of gut, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon. Symptoms can vary with layer of gut involved: pain, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, swallowing issues, anemia. Diagnosis needs endoscopy and biopsy. Rx varies; can include diet changes, meds. ...Read more

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Gastrointestinal pains worsening with wheat = celiac disease.?

Celiac disease: Abdominal symptoms - whether constipation, pain, diarrhea - aggravated by wheat ingestion is surely suggestive of a gluten intolerance. There are various blood tests that can be used for screening- gliadin, endomyseal, transglutaminase antibodies. Gold standard for diagnosis is still felt to be an upper endoscopy with biopsy of the small bowel. ...Read more

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What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

What auto immune diseases have gastrointestinal problems as the main symptom?

See below: Celiac disease, crohn, ulcerative colitis and auto-immune hepatitis are common auto-immune GI disorders. Check out the website given below: http://www.Everydayhealth.Com/autoimmune-disorders/autoimmue-digestive-disorders.Aspx. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

Toxins: Bacteria that causes disease carries toxins or alternatively, body may react with inflammation that in-turn would cause nausea through brain centers ...Read more

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Can ER doctors detect if you have a Gastrointestinal disease or infections?

Can ER doctors detect if you have a Gastrointestinal disease or infections?

GI: I am an ED doc so have experience in this question. Yes, it is possible to diagnose certain infections such infectious diarrhea. However, we are limited in certain cases such as Ulcerative Colitis or IBS. these are usually diagnosed by GI as a colonoscopy is often necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When avoiding gluten due to eosinophilic esophagitis (not celiac disease),can progess still be seen if 1 of 3 daily meals still contains some gluten ?

Confusing question: If you test positive for anti-gluten antibodies (IGA) , then ANY exposure to gluten can aggravate any related symptoms. If you test negative to anti-gluten antibodies, gluten exclusion is unlikely to effect anything. ...Read more

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Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Is it possible for eosinophilic esophagitis be a symptom of lupus or other autoimmune disease?

Learning more : A recent publication in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology described a subset of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who have connective tissue disease. Musculoskeletal pain and hypermobility of the joints were described in these patients. We hope to learn more and more is further research gives us more answers. ...Read more

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Hat kind of gastro-intestinal disease can you have if your bowel movements smell exceptionally bad?

Hat kind of gastro-intestinal disease can you have if your bowel movements smell exceptionally bad?

Few possibilities: Ranging from fat malabsorption. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Clostridium difficile or other infectious colitis. Liver disease. Depending on other associated symptoms you may get a more specific diagnosis if you see your physician. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an eosinophilic disorder?

What sort of disorder is an eosinophilic disorder?

Too many itch cells: Eosinophils are just one type of white blood cell or immune cell. They are involved in allergic reactions, as well as protection from parasites. For various an often unclear reasons, some people get an imbalance of these cells and have irritation in their body related to the cells doing too much of their good thing. Asthma can involve overactive eos, as well as a type of esophagitis. ...Read more

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Do people with eosinophilic disorders have problems with the rain?

Do people with eosinophilic disorders have problems with the rain?

Rain trigger: Please specify what symptoms occur with rain and resubmit your question. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gastrointestinal disorders?

What is the definition or description of: gastrointestinal disorders?

GI Disorders: The gastrointestinal tract extends from the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anal canal. Some would include liver, bilary tract, pancreas, and gallbladder. Any disease or dysfunction of any part of this tract or its associated organs qualifies as a "gastrointestinal disorder.". ...Read more

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Any advice on how to care for someone with gastrointestinal disorders?

Any advice on how to care for someone with gastrointestinal disorders?

Absolutely...: Depending on the severity and stability of their GI condtion(s), please maintain communication with her gastroenterologist (if seeing one) or primary care provider for the best advice. Happy to answer more specifically if you can share additional information about the individual in question. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son suffers eosinophilic disorders. Where can I find info?

My 4 year old son suffers eosinophilic disorders. Where can I find info?

Wikipedia: This appears to be a relatively new disease and is increasingly common. Eosinophilic esophagitis and colitis are forms of bowel inflammation but the cause and treatment are still very conjectural. You may need to see a gastroenterolgist. ...Read more

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What are some medical conditions that may cause or exacerbate gastrointestinal disorders (gis)?

Many: Almost any medical condition can contribute to GI symptoms. Very commonly psychologic status plays a major role in one's GI health status. ...Read more

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What are the chances that a 4 year old child outgrows eosinophilic gastroenteritis disorder?

What are the chances that a 4 year old child outgrows eosinophilic gastroenteritis disorder?

Initially : As with virtually all conditions, the severity of the disease determines some influence on the likelihood of outgrowing it. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person with an eosinophilic disorder still donate blood?

Docs, could a person with an eosinophilic disorder still donate blood?

Unlikely: As a group, those conditions may predispose to reactions in the recipients. BUT, should not give up without calling the Red Cross and asking about your specific situation: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). ...Read more