Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract usually within the colon or the lower part of the small intestines. This inflammatory bowel disease can lead to severe diarrhea, malnutrition, weight loss, fatigue, and abdominal pain. There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease. Causes may include heredity, environment, or a faulty immune system. Other risk factors include environment, age, ethnicity, and the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Food and stress have been known to aggravate the symptoms of Crohn’s, however; it is not the cause of the disease as once thought. Crohn’s can be extremely debilitating and can lead to life threatening complications.
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease can vary from mild to severe. The more common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Abdominal pain
- Mouth sores
- Blood in stool
- Loss of appetite
- Perianal disease
In some cases inflammation of the eyes, skin, joints, liver, and bile ducts may occur. Not everyone with Crohn’s disease will experience all of these symptoms.
There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, however; there are treatment options that can help reduce symptoms and overtime can help lead to remission.
ClinSearch is currently enrolling volunteers for a clinical study testing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for individuals with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. To find out more about the study and to see if you may qualify, call our office at (423) 698-4584 or visit our website at www.clinsearch-us.com
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