DR MONIQUE MARAIS

GASTROENTEROLOGIST CAPE TOWN

DR MONIQUE MARAIS

GASTROENTEROLOGIST CAPE TOWN

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, of which the cause is not known. In people with Crohn’s disease, the immune system recognizes the lining of the digestive tract as foreign and attacks it, causing inflammation. This inflammation causes the lining of the digestive tract to develop ulcers and bleed. Crohn’s disease usually affects the colon and ileum, but it can affect the entire digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus (whereas ulcerative colitis only affects the colon)

Crohn's disease symptoms

The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are:

Other symptoms can include:

Diagnosis of Crohn's disease

The diagnosis is based upon your symptoms, a physical examination, and laboratory tests. You will probably need a colonoscopy. It might be necessary to request radiological imaging of the small bowel.

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Crohn's Disease - Mayo Clinic

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