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Crohn’s Disease

Inflammatory and Immune System, Oral and Gastrointestinal

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory diseaseof the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that cancause debilitating pain. This inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is named after the doctor who described the disease in 1932, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn. It can affect the entire GI tract, from the mouth to anus, and can lead to serious complications including bleeding from the rectum and narrowing of the intestines. Crohn’s disease presents with symptoms that appear in flares (times when symptoms are active) followed by periods without any symptoms (remission).Around 1.6 million Americans are affected and there is no cure. Because it is lifelong and unpredictable, it can have a profound impact on the quality of life. The good news is that Crohn’s is very controllable, and with proper treatment, most sufferers lead normal lives.

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