Crohn's Disease Facts

By

Jameson Case

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Crohn's disease inflames the bowels and causes symptoms that can come and go over a lifetime.

This condition usually involves the small intestine, most often the lower part called the ileum. However, in some cases, both the small and large intestines are affected.

Crohn's disease affects men and women equally. It appears to run in some families—about 20% of people with Crohn's disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease. Patients with Crohn's often have active inflammatory conditions elsewhere in their body (joints, eyes, skin, liver, etc.) that require treatment.

Dr. Tanvi Dhere, M.D., talks about what exactly Crohn's disease is, while also detailing what patients can do to treat the condition.

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