Crohn's Disease Information
Also called ileitis or enteritis, Crohn's disease is a condition that causes the digestive tract to become inflamed. The inflammation frequently affects more than one layer of the wall of the digestive tract, which can cause the intestines to empty more frequently. Chronic diarrhea is often the result.
Symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary from person to person; they also depend on the severity of the disease. Some people experience only occasional symptoms, while others have symptoms on a more regular basis. If the disease goes into remission, symptoms may go away for months, or even years -- but they usually return at some point.
Although it can occur at any age, Crohn's disease is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. This illness usually requires lifelong treatment. Some of the things that can help alleviate symptoms include medications, dietary changes, and surgery.
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