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When comparing Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which of the following is TRUE?

A. the cause of Crohn's disease is known, whereas the cause of ulcerative coitis isnt known.
B. Ulcreative colitis is remitting, whereas Crohns disease is constant.
C.Patints with both conditions benefit equally well from surgery.
D. Crohns disease can be found anywhere in the digestive tract whereas ulcraive colitis is generally found in the colon and rectum.

D.  (+ info)

What is the typical length of a hospital stay when being tested for Crohn's disease?

My boyfriend was put in the hospital on Thursday, and he says the doctors want to test him for Crohn's disease. The thing is though, it doesnt seem like their really doing anything. He says they want him to stay there till the gastroenterologist sees him and does tests, but he hasnt seen the gastroeinterolist yet, and basically he's just sitting there in the hospital WAITING. He also doesnt even feel sick at all anymore, hasnt since yesterday. How long does it typically take to be tested for Crohn's disease, and how long should he be in the hospital for?

It depends on the doctor. The hospital cannot do anything without the doctor. The tests themselves
are often done on an out patient basis. They maybe trying to regulate his diet in the hospital.  (+ info)

What is the link between Appendicitis and Crohn's Disease?

Hi. I hear there is a link between Appendicitis and Crohn's Disease? How true is this? I suffered an appendicitis a week ago, and still recovering and am beginning to wonder if it could be Crohn's disease. My doc said the appendicitis cause inflammation of my cecum too. Any medical advice out there?

Your appendix is part of the lymphatic system and crohn's disease is primarily due to parasites in the intestines due to dysbiosis. The human pathogens found in pasteurized milk from grain fed cows you buy in the store has about 2 - 3% of these human pathogens that survive the heat process. The altered calcium and damaged proteins from pasteurization along with the highly inflammatory milk as a result of feeding the cows grains is a big factor as well. 92% of all crohn's disease patients have this bacteria in their intestines.

If you look at the pathetic products manufacturers are making for crohn's patients, it is no wonder this is a chronic illness that requires a life time of drug use to treat the symptoms. Cleaning up the intestines, removing the parasites, getting on a good nutritional diet, and making the digestive system work like it should is the answer, not drugs or surgery.

An inflamed appendix is just that, it is an inflamed body part. Most likely it is inflamed for the same reasons crohn's disease is there, but is not the cause of crohn's. The lymphatic system, that the appendix is part of, can be clogged and bogged down with dead cancer cells, debris that the body is trying to eliminate. The lymphatic system has NO pump like the circulatory system does (the heart), so it relies on exercise and movement to help the lymph flow along. You can also take herbs like devil's claw or cat's claw to help lymphatic movement.

The medical advice for crohn's is not good and that should be obvious because they can never seem to help anyone get rid of the disease, just treat the symptoms.

good luck to you  (+ info)

What are some alternatives to Prednisone for Crohn's Disease?

After having abdominal pain for some time and recent blood in my stool I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy yesterday. The doctor believes I have Crohn's disease and has prescribed Prednisone. After reading about this drug I do not want to take it, what are some alternative treatments I can ask about?

I am so sorry about your diagosis. The side effects of long term prednisone use are serious. You doctor is going to keep you on prednisone for a short period of time. There are several other treatment options available for crohn's disease, which have minimum side effects. Hopefully you will be in remission in short period of time. Next time you visit you doctor discuss the following options with him/her.

Treatment Options:

Anti-Inflammation Drugs. Most people are first treated with drugs containing mesalamine, a substance that helps control inflammation. Sulfasalazine is the most commonly used of these drugs. Patients who do not benefit from it or who cannot tolerate it may be put on other mesalamine-containing drugs, generally known as 5-ASA agents, such as Asacol, Dipentum, or Pentasa. Possible side effects of mesalamine-containing drugs include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, and headache.

Cortisone or Steroids. Cortisone drugs and steroids—called corticosteriods—provide very effective results. Prednisone is a common generic name of one of the drugs in this group of medications. In the beginning, when the disease it at its worst, prednisone is usually prescribed in a large dose. The dosage is then lowered once symptoms have been controlled. These drugs can cause serious side effects, including greater susceptibility to infection.

Immune System Suppressors. Drugs that suppress the immune system are also used to treat Crohn’s disease. Most commonly prescribed are 6-mercaptopurine or a related drug, azathioprine. Immunosuppressive agents work by blocking the immune reaction that contributes to inflammation. These drugs may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and may lower a person’s resistance to infection. When patients are treated with a combination of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, the dose of corticosteroids may eventually be lowered. Some studies suggest that immunosuppressive drugs may enhance the effectiveness of corticosteroids.

Infliximab (Remicade). This drug is the first of a group of medications that blocks the body’s inflammation response. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease that does not respond to standard therapies (mesalamine substances, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents) and for the treatment of open, draining fistulas. Infliximab, the first treatment approved specifically for Crohn’s disease is a TNF substance. Additional research will need to be done in order to fully understand the range of treatments Remicade may offer to help people with Crohn’s disease.

Antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine caused by stricture, fistulas, or prior surgery. For this common problem, the doctor may prescribe one or more of the following antibiotics: ampicillin, sulfonamide, cephalosporin, tetracycline, or metronidazole.

Anti-Diarrheal and Fluid Replacements. Diarrhea and crampy abdominal pain are often relieved when the inflammation subsides, but additional medication may also be necessary. Several antidiarrheal agents could be used, including diphenoxylate, loperamide, and codeine. Patients who are dehydrated because of diarrhea will be treated with fluids and electrolytes.

Nutrition Supplementation

The doctor may recommend nutritional supplements, especially for children whose growth has been slowed. Special high-calorie liquid formulas are sometimes used for this purpose. A small number of patients may need to be fed intravenously for a brief time through a small tube inserted into the vein of the arm. This procedure can help patients who need extra nutrition temporarily, those whose intestines need to rest, or those whose intestines cannot absorb enough nutrition from food. There are no known foods that cause Crohn’s disease. However, when people are suffering a flare in disease, foods such as bulky grains, hot spices, alcohol, and milk products may increase diarrhea and cramping.

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What is the worst that can happen if you have Crohn's disease and take senna?

Senna in laxative form, that is.
I see warnings that say do not take senna if you have Crohn's disease, but I would like to know what can happen, worst case scenario.

Would appreciate advice from a doctor especially.

Thank you for your time.

Not a Doc, just another Crohn's patient. Senna can aggravate and/or cause serious flare ups with Crohn's. I'd stay away from it. Doesn't sound like anything I'd want to chance.  (+ info)

What race and age are more likely to be affected by crohn's disease?

Ok I am doing the same project but I have tried looking everywhere for it and it won't ever give me the answer I'm looking for. So if I could get some one who knows alot about crohn's disease to help me out and answer this question tonight before 10:30pm you will be a great help!
I would say I would give you 10 points but I don't know how to do that!

Crohn's disease is a disease of the digestive system which may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. As a result, the symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary significantly among afflicted individuals. The main gastrointestinal symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be visibly bloody), vomiting, or weight loss.[2][3] Crohn's disease can also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, and inflammation of the eye.[1]

The precise cause of Crohn's disease is not known. The disease occurs when the immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract and for this reason, Crohn's disease is considered an autoimmune disease. This autoimmune activity produces inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, and therefore Crohn's disease is classified as an inflammatory bowel disease.

Like many other autoimmune diseases, Crohn's disease is believed to be genetically linked. The highest risk occurs in individuals with siblings who have the disease. Males and females are equally affected. Smokers are three times more likely to develop Crohn's disease.[4] Crohn disease affects between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America.[5] Prevalence estimates for Northern Europe have ranged from 27–48 per 100,000.[6] Crohn disease tends to present initially in the teens and twenties, with another peak incidence in the fifties to seventies, although the disease can occur at any age.[1][7]

Unlike the other major types of inflammatory bowel disease, there is no known drug based or surgical cure for Crohn's disease.[8] Treatment options are restricted to controlling symptoms, putting and keeping the disease in remission and preventing relapse.

The disease was independently described in 1904 by Polish surgeon Antoni Leśniowski and in 1932 by American gastroenterologist Burrill Bernard Crohn, for whom the disease was named. Crohn, along with two colleagues, described a series of patients with inflammation of the terminal ileum, the area most commonly affected by the illness.[9] For this reason, the disease has also been called regional ileitis[9] or regional enteritis.  (+ info)

Do I have to reveal that I have Crohn's and digenerative bone disease during a job interview?

I am going for a job interview this week. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and digenerative bone disease about 8 months ago. Before my diagnosis, I miss many, many days of work due to abdominal pain, joint pain, stiffness and the inability to be too far away from my bathroom. This went on for 4 years before I was finally diagnosed. Since I have been diagnosed and gotten the proper medication, I have both undercontrol. The possibility of a flair up at one time or another is relatively certain. Should I disclose this information in the interview or wait til I have the job and only disclose if a flair up occurs and I am forced to take time off?

By law, you do not have to disclose anything. (HIPAA Privacy Rule) You only have to answer truthfully questions that directly relate to your ability to do the job, such as Can you lift 20 lbs. on a regular basis (if that's part of the job), or look at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, etc. I have Crohn's and I know the worry that a flare may occur and interfere with your brand-new job and make a bad impression. Consult an attorney or go to www.ccfa.org and look for their book on employment rights for more information, or the government Web site: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/  (+ info)

Have any Crohn's Disease patients out there had unpleasant side effects shortly after a Remicade infusion?

My teen-aged daughter has had four Remicade cycles (8 weeks apart) to treat her severe Crohn's Disease. It seems to be working, for now. (Cross your fingers!) She had a treatment two days ago. Today she isn't feeling too well, which always scares me... Have any of you had an unpleasant reaction to Remicade, after not having previously had problems with it? What were your experiences? Thank you.

I have been taking remicade for 6 years now. While I haven't had any bad side effects, I know of others that do tend to feel run down after it. I would say this is likely a common side effect of the drug that is temporary and should subside within 3 days, at the most. Try to plan things around remicade. If you are taking a vacation, take it the week after remicade to ensure you daughter feels at her best and give the remicade time to adjust to her body.

The general feeling of my doctor is that as long as remicade is working and you are having mild side effects, stick with it. Once you switch off of a drug like remicade, you start to develop anti-bodies to it and then it becomes less effective if you were to go with it again. Only try Humaria if Remicade no longer works.

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For giving a presentation, is Crohn's disease an interesting topic?

I'm a student with a presentation on a medical disease at the end of the semester (about 4-5 weeks from now). I've chosen Crohn's disease, but I'm beginning to wonder whether it's really an interesting disease. Can you help?

hi air, I've been a crohn's pt. since the age of 12. I just helped someone from YA last month on giving a presentation on Crohn's.

Check out the crohn's & colitis foundation' site. They have tons of information you can use for your report. I'd be happy to assist w/any Q&A you may have about it.

Contrary to what others may say, it IS NOT deadly. You CAN NOT die from it. You can have complications from it such as liver and pancreas problems as a result from a medication, eye trouble, joint pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, etc. There are newer treatments to get these problems under control. Also, the patient must be very compliant and avoid smoking/drinking, avoid doing street drugs, take all meds as prescribed, keep all GI appointments as well as tests, eat right when feeling well and exercise.

Yes, it may be tough at times, but if the pt. works w/their doctors and complies w/the treatment, they can get into remission. Surgery is always a last resort if the medication doesn't work or there is a blockage.

Knowledge is power. Definitely check out CCFA's site, use their live chat and hotline, and post your questions on their open forum. Many folks with IBD can also assist you. Good luck.  (+ info)

what are some websites that say that Crohn's disease can sometimes really be parasites?

links that have statistics or has facts about how crohn's disease can sometime be misdiagnosed and really be parasites would be really appreciated.

hi jelly, i am a crohn's pt. It is due to the body rejecting the gut and seeing it as a foreign body due to a weakened immune system in the pt.

For more accurate information, check out the Crohn's & Colitis foundation's site. It has everything ranging from testing for CD, treatment, surgery, latest treatments, a live chat and hotline run by health care experts and an open forum you can post this question.

good luck. never heard of parasites as I've never had them and neither have the others I've met.  (+ info)

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