Crohn's Disease

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crohns disease is a serious problem affecting the intestines. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Crohns disease causes inflammation or ulceration of the intestine. It may affect any part of the digestive tract, but most commonly the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine.

Crohns disease affects the deepest layers of the digestive tract lining. It can cause deep ulcers and sores called granulomas.

The main symptoms of Crohns disease include:

Abdominal pain. This pain is described as cramping, and may occur anywhere in the abdomen.

Diarrhea, or frequent loose stools.

Loss of appetite.

Fever. In severe cases, fever, malaise, weakness or other symptoms may develop.

Weight loss. From decreased appetite and poor food absorption, and

Anemia. From bloody stools or lack of production of blood.

Treatment for Crohns disease involves medications to treat the inflammatory process. People with severe symptoms not improved with medication may require surgery to remove the affected portion of intestine.

People with Crohns disease require diligent care by their physician and strict adherence to the treatment regimen.

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