Crohns Disease Essay

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Young adult Crohn’s disease is a serious, chronic disease affecting the digestive System. The disease is long term and persistent, usually lifelong. Chrohn’s disease causes inflammation, most often in the small intestine. The infected area becomes red and inflamed, leading to ulcers and bleeding. Chrohn’s disease can appear at any age, but is most dangerous in adults in their 20’s and 30’s. Approximately 30% of people with this disease develop symptoms before 20 year of age. In the United States, about 100,000 teens and preteens have Crohn’s Disease.Crohn’s Disease is also called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. It can occur anywhere in the digestive Tract, from mouth to anus.There are times when the symptoms reappear or get worst and other periods when symptoms get better or go away altogether. While Crohn’s disease causes many problems for people of all age, it presents special challenges for children and teens. In addition to painful symptoms, the disease can stunt growth, delay puberty, and weaken the bones. The emotional and psychological issues of living with chronic disease can be especially difficult for young adults. Diets and stress do not cause Crohn’s disease. They can worsen the symptoms, but they are not the cause of the disease. We don’t know what makes a person get the disease. About 15% - 20% of people, the disease runs in the family. This true of people who develops the disease at a young age. Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (G.I.) tract. It most commonly affects the small intestine and colon. The disease named after Dr. Burill B. Crohn. In 1932, Dr. Crohn and two colleagues published a landmark paper describing the features of what is known today as Crohn’s Disease. A study indicates that the inflammation in IBD involves a complex interaction of factors in the genes of the

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