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What can Crohn's disease cause?

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The most serious cases of Crohn’s disease can cause:

  • Painful tears called fissures in the lining of the anus, mostly during bowel movements
  • Fistulas (passages that form between loops of the intestine, or between the intestines and the vagina, skin, or bladder)
  • Thickening of intestine walls, which makes it hard for food and waste to move
  • A partly or totally blocked intestine, for which you would need immediate medical care
  • Open sores called ulcers in the intestines, mouth, or anus
  • Malnutrition, as your body is not able to absorb enough nutrients from food
  • Pain, swelling, and burning in other parts of your body, such as your skin, eyes, or joints

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “What is Crohn’s Disease?”

Lei, H. , July 1, 2016. Biomedical Optics Express

Mayo Clinic: “Crohn’s disease.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Crohn’s Disease.”

Medline Plus: “Crohn’s Disease.”

DeFilippis, E. Feb. 23, 2016. Current Gastroenterology Reports,

Bray, J. , Feb. 22, 2016. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “What is Crohn’s Disease?”

Lei, H. , July 1, 2016. Biomedical Optics Express

Mayo Clinic: “Crohn’s disease.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Crohn’s Disease.”

Medline Plus: “Crohn’s Disease.”

DeFilippis, E. Feb. 23, 2016. Current Gastroenterology Reports,

Bray, J. , Feb. 22, 2016. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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