Crohn's Disease Symptoms
Crohn's Disease symptoms may vary over time and from person-to-person. What we
have laid out below is the most common accruing symptoms for Crohn's
Disease within the GI tract.
- watery, loose, or frequent bowel movement.
from the rectum
- Appetite loss and subsequent
Symptoms are not
always limited to the GI tract. Children with Crohn’s disease may
develop problems with sexual development and delayed growth. Additional
areas that may be affected are the eyes, skin, liver, and joints.
Fatigue is also a common complaint.
Fistula may also develop from
inflammation. A fistula is an abnormal tunnel connecting two body
cavities such as the rectum and the vagina or a body cavity to the skin
like the rectum to the outside of the body. One way a fistula may form
is from an abscess - a pocket of pus in the body. The abscess may be
constantly filling with body fluids such as stool or urine, which
prevents healing. Eventually the fistula breaks through to the skin,
another body cavity, or an organ. Fistulas are more common in Crohns
Disease than in ulcerative colitis. Approximately 30% of people with
Crohns Disease develop fistulas.
Fissures may develop in the lining
of the anus, causing bleeding and pain, especially during bowel
movement. An anal fissure is a small tear in
the lining of the anus, which can be both painful and embarrassing.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms may range
from severe to mild. Crohn’s patients will experience active periods
of flare-ups and symptoms are more noticeable. These episodes are
followed by times of remission, symptoms lax or disappear and good
health returns. These symptoms can be very severe; a masters degree in public health focuses on researching the causes of these symptoms in a hopes to prevent Crohn's disease and other related diseases.
Types of Crohns Disease and Symptoms.
Depending on what part of the intestinal tract that is
inflamed, Crohn's Disease symptoms and complications will differ. Listed
below are five types of Crohn’s Disease, which your doctor may refer
to your illness by specific areas involved. It is important to know what
part of your intestine is affected by Crohns Disease.
Affects the colon only. Type specific Crohns Disease symptoms
include joint pain and skin lesions are more common in this form.
Diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and anus abscesses, fistulas, and ulcers.
Gastroduodenal Crohn’s Disease
Affects the first part of the small intestine the duodenum and the
stomach. Type specific Crohns Disease symptoms include appetite loss,
weight loss, and nausea. If narrow segments of the bowel is obstructed
vomiting maybe an indicator.
Crohn’s most common form, affecting the colon and the ileum. Type
specific include significant weight loss,
diarrhea, cramping or pain in the right lower part or middle of abdomen.
Ileum is affected. Type specific are the same as Ileocolitis.
Complications may include inflammatory abscess or fistulas in the right
lower quadrant of abdomen.
Patchy areas of inflammation in upper half of the small intestine
(jejunum). Type specific include mild to severe abdominal pain,
cramping following intake of foods, and diarrhea. Fistulas may form.
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