Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune disorder that inflames the lining of your digestive tract, and can also affect your anus, liver, skin, eyes, and joints. It can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. You are most likely to develop Crohn’s disease when you are between the ages of 13 and 30.
Crohn’s disease occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue in your digestive tract. No one knows the exact causes of Crohn’s disease or how you can prevent it. However, some experts consider that it may run in your family, or that environmental factors such as antibiotics, animal fat, red meat, smoking, and other toxins may trigger it.
Signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease in adults include:
- Belly or abdominal pain, often in your lower right area
- Cut or tear in the anus (anal fissure)
- Diarrhea, sometimes bloody
- Joint pain
- Mouth sores (ulcers in your mouth can be similar to canker sores)
- Rectal bleeding
- Reduced appetite
If you have a severe case of Crohn's disease, you may also experience:
- Delayed growth or sexual development, in children
- Inflammation of skin, eyes, and joints
- Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
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A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.