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How does Crohn's disease affect the bowel?

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  • Crohn's disease can disrupt the normal function of the bowel in a number of ways. The bowel tissue may: Swell, thicken, or form scar tissue, leading to blockage of the passageway inside the bowel
  • Develop ulcers that can involve the deep layers of the bowel wall
  • Lose its ability to absorb nutrients from digested foods, a condition called malabsorption
  • Develop abnormal passageways known as fistulas from one part of the bowel to another part of the bowel, or from the bowel to nearby tissues such as the bladder or vagina

From: The 5 Types of Crohn’s Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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