Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s Disease is characterized by an inflammatory process affecting any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. The main symptoms of active disease can vary widely but often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, vomiting and weight loss. Less common symptoms include skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, and fatigue. Complications of untreated disease can lead to anemia, bowel obstruction, and perforation of the bowel.
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic (lifelong) disease with periods of remission (characterized by the absence of symptoms) and periods of acute flare (active symptoms). Although the symptoms can sometimes diminish spontaneously, the disease usually requires treatment in order to achieve and maintain clinical remission.
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