Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s Disease Kay Vining Rasmussen College Author Note This research is being submitted on September 6, 2011 for Lisa Boeser’s Structure and Function of the Human Body Course. CROHN’S DISEASE Crohn’s disease is one disease that affects thousands of people each year. This disease is a genetic disease which can be hard to keep under control. Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that had multiple symptoms and signs. This disease can affect you when you are dealing with other illnesses, but it can be controlled by medication and diet. The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease may involve stool test, colonoscopy, blood test, upper GI, biopsy, or sigmoidoscopy. X rays are one of the most common tools for diagnosing Crohn’s disease. (Potter, 2004) The cause of Crohn’s disease is still unknown today. ( Here are the signs and symptoms of the disease. Crohn’s disease is an ongoing disorder that can cause inflammation of the digestive tract or better known as the GI tract. The disease can affect any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. It mostly affects the lower part of the small intestine, which is called the ileum. Swelling extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. Swelling can cause pain and can make the intestine empty quit frequently, which results in diarrhea. This disease is very difficult to diagnose. In this disease all the layers of the intestine can be involved, and the normal healthy bowel can be found between the sections of the diseased bowel. ( The most common symptoms of this disease are abdominal pain, which often occurs in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, arthritis, vomiting, skin problems, weight loss, kidney stones, and fever might also occur with this disease.

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