Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that typically occurs as inflammation in the small intestine, although it can affect any part of the digestive tract. This inflammation ultimately causes pain that frequently results in diarrhea.
- Abdominal pain (usually in the lower right abdomen)
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss
There are numerous ways to diagnose Crohn’s; most typically a physical exam and a series of blood tests, colonoscopy or upper gastrointestinal series may be performed to confirm the condition.
Although not curable, Crohn’s disease is a manageable condition. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. The goal is to reduce inflammation, which can be achieved in a variety of ways, including a balanced diet, portion control, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and smoking cessation. Additionally, your doctor may recommend herbal supplements and/or prescription medication to reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms that align with Crohn’s disease, contact one of our GI doctors to request an appointment for an evaluation.
For additional information on Crohn's disease, explore the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.