Crohn's disease is a condition characterized by severe inflammation of the digestive tract's lining. Crohn's disease varies in severity and may even go into remission periodically, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Crohn's disease causes symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach pain, bloody stools, intestinal ulcers and weight loss.
Although Crohn's disease is typically characterized by diarrhea, constipation may occur when the the intestines swell and prevent waste from being excreted.
Individuals with severe Crohn's disease also may have intermittent fevers, eye inflammation, fatigue, arthritis, skin problems and inflamed bile and liver ducts, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Before making a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, physicians will likely rule out other digestive disorders. Diagnostic tools may include blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy, x-rays, CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Crohn's disease is treated with prescription anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, corticosteroids and medications that suppress the immune system, according to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Symptoms may be eased with anti-diarrheal medications, laxatives and pain relievers.
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