Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease affecting 500,000 Americans,
can overwhelm your daily life. Day-to-day living is especially difficult if you
suffer chronic symptoms like frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal
tears, or bowel obstructions.
Fortunately, treatments for Crohn's disease can make a big difference.
Effective treatments range from lifestyle changes to medications, or even
surgery in severe cases. The right treatments can reduce symptoms, lengthen
remissions, and help you enjoy a happy, productive life.
What is the spleen and what causes an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)?
The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection.
White blood cells produced in the spleen engulf bacteria, dead tissue, and foreign matter, removing them from the blood as blood passes through it. The spleen also maintains healthy red and white blood cells and platelets;...