Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers.

Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine. But it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.

You may get it when the body’s immune system shows an abnormal response to normal bacteria in your intestine.

The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease are belly pain and diarrhea up to 10 to 20 times a day (sometimes with blood).  Weight loss, mouth sores, bowel blockages, anal tears (fissures), and openings (fistulas) between organs.

Crohn’s treatment consists of lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, and anti inflammatory medications.