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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Crohn's Disease

The Most Important Information About Crohn's Disease

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Updated November 22, 2012

Crohn's disease is a condition that is still stumping the very best doctors in the world. So how are the people who live with it every day going to learn what's most important? Following is my top 10 list of what everyone with Crohn's disease should know about this condition.
  1. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which also includes ulcerative colitis.

  2. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can include:
  3. Frequent diarrhea can lead to dehydration and nutritional deficiencies.

  4. Extra-intestinal symptoms can include:
  5. Scientists are not certain what causes Crohn's disease, so it is known as an idiopathic disease, or a disease with unknown cause.

  6. Anywhere from 40% to 60% of Crohn's disease patients who have disease in the small bowel will have surgery in the first 10 years after diagnosis.

  7. People who smoke, or who have smoked in the past, have a higher risk of developing CD.

  8. People with Crohn's disease are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer over the general population. However, more than 90% of people with IBD never develop cancer.

  9. NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can cause inflammation and worsen bleeding in the small intestine. People with Crohn's disease should consult with their gastroenterologist before taking NSAIDs, even those available over the counter.

  10. A healthy pregnancy and baby are both possible. For women with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in remission, the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and congenital abnormality are the same as those for healthy women.

Amber J. Tresca
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