What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory process which most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine (ileum) and/or the large intestine (colon and rectum).

What Causes Crohn’s Disease?

The exact cause is not known. However, immunologic and/or bacterial causes are suggested. Crohn’s disease is not contagious, but it has slight genetic (inherited) tendency.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

Not all patients experience all of these symptoms, and some may experience none of them.

  • Cramping – abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Weight loss

  • Bloating

  • Anal pain or drainage

  • Skin lesions

  • Rectal abscess

  • Fissure

  • Joint pain

How is Crohn’s Disease Treated?