An inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract. It affects both men and women of all ages; however, it is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 -30. Symptoms consist of persistent diarrhea, cramping, fever, rectal bleeding, weight loss and tiredness. Diagnosis is found thru blood tests, stool samples, upper GI series, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and biopsy.
Treatments are intended to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies while relieving pain and diarrhea.