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What is Crohn's disease?

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Crohn's disease causes ulcers and inflammation in your digestive system. It's similar to ulcerative colitis. The difference is that Crohn's can affect different parts of your digestive tract.

Besides stomach symptoms, if you have Crohn's you may feel tired all the time and lose weight. If your child has the disease, it can affect her growth and development.

Crohn's tends to run in families. If someone you're related to has it, the odds go up that you'll have it, too.

From: Conditions That Seem Like IBS But Aren't WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

United European Gastroenterology Journal : "Are IBD patients more likely to have a prior diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome? Report of a case-control study in the General Practice Research Database."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

United European Gastroenterology Journal : "Are IBD patients more likely to have a prior diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome? Report of a case-control study in the General Practice Research Database."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

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