Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract, including the small and large intestine. Symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal mass, abdominal sounds, fatigue gastrointestinal bleeding, foul smelling stools and pain passing stools.
The cause for Crohn’s disease is unknown.
Your physician can make a diagnosis through a physical exam. Additional tests like endoscopy, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, PillCam or stool culture, may also be necessary.
Your physician will prescribe a variety of medicines to control inflammation, as well as antibiotics, if necessary, to treat abscesses or fistulas. If these treatments are not effective, surgery may be required to remove the diseased portion of the intestine.