Crohn's Disease

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crohns disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and even malnutrition. Dr. Edward Hill discusses Crohns disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Crohns disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation or ulceration of the digestive tract. The disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract. It usually occurs in young adults.

Common symptoms of Crohns disease include diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss, fever and bleeding from the rectum; however, most patients find that their symptoms change over time.

In patients with severe disease, the gut may be blocked, which can cause pain and other symptoms. Crohns disease can also cause problems in other parts of the body, especially the joints or eyes. Smoking can make the symptoms worse. Patients with Crohns disease also have a higher risk of getting colon cancer and need to be monitored regularly.

Colonoscopy is the best test to diagnose Crohns disease. Several other tests are sometimes used to help diagnose Crohns disease or to look for complications.

Treatment depends on the type of symptoms you have. Crohns disease cannot be cured, but medicine, including steroid and antibiotics, can help with symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.