Crohn's Disease FAQs
Reviewed by Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD on July 23, 2013
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Q:Crohn's disease is what kind of disease?
A:Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, but the ulcerations of the gastrointestinal tract can occur from the mouth to the anus.
Q:What causes Crohn's disease?
A:The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown.
Q:Crohn's disease is closely related to what?
A:Crohn's disease is closely to ulcerative colitis.
Q:How does Crohn's disease affect the intestines?
A:Crohn's disease causes ulcerations, narrowing and stiffening of the intestines.
Q:Symptoms of Crohn's disease can include rectal bleeding. True or False?
Q:How is Crohn's disease treated?
A:Crohn's disease is treated with antibiotics, surgery and inflammation suppressant medications.
Q:There usually are no complications as a result of Crohn's disease. True or False?
Q:Crohn's disease can stunt growth in children. True or False?
Q:Crohn's is a digestive disease that also involves another system in the body. What is it?
A:Crohn's is a digestive disease that also involves the immune system.
Q:Stress is a known trigger for Crohn's disease flares. True or False?
Q:When the small intestine does not obtain nutrients from food, this is called what?
A:When the small intestine does not obtain nutrients from food, this is called malabsorption.
Q:What are liquid diets that allow the digestive system to rest?
A:Elemental diets are liquid diets that allow the digestive system to rest. These diets are liquid diets made especially to meet an individual's body nutrient needs. The elemental diets are composed of nutrients in their digested or simplest form so little or no stress is placed on the digestive system. The diets reduce malabsorption and may provide the digestive system a chance to rest and recover from some of the symptoms generated by Crohn's disease.
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