Crohn’s disease differs from Ulcerative Colitis because it can affect the entire digestive track, including the esophagus, stomach, colon and small intestines. It causes inflammation throughout the entire depth of the tissue layers in the intestines.
Crohn’s Disease is more difficult to diagnose. Crohn’s is linked to the patient’s immune system and has been considered an autoimmune disorder. Because of that, patients with Crohn’s can also have troubling skin rashes and other symptoms outside of the digestive track. Another hallmark of the disease is the healthy tissue that can thrive in between the diseased portions. Because the symptoms are so broad and similar to other, more common, disorders, Crohn’s Disease can be difficult to diagnose. Most patients respond to medication and lifestyle modifications; but some will need surgery. The important message to anyone experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhea or any other lingering symptoms is to seek medical help from a trained Gastroenterologist at AGA.
Symptoms for Crohn’s Disease include:
- abdominal bloating
- skin rash
- abdominal pain
- loss of appetite
- unexplained fever