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In 1932, Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn (along with two more doctors), described a series of patients with severe intestinal inflammation, leading to the connection of his name to a disease that commonly results in pain and diarrhea. And that’s only the tip of the stinky glacier:
It appears at about the time you start being able to drink
While Crohn’s can appear at any time during a person’s life, it most commonly appears between 15 and 35 years of age.
Crohn’s never goes away
Crohn’s is a chronic disease – once it starts, it never goes all the way away.
We’re not exactly sure why it happens
The cause of Crohn’s is not certain, although it is suspected to be a combination of a number of genetic and environmental factors.
Crohn’s is basically an immune-system freakout
Your intestines are full of bacteria. These bacteria are your friends – they help you to digest your food. You couldn’t survive without them. When you have Crohn’s disease, your body decides that those shifty freeloaders aren’t welcome around these parts. Your immune system freaks out, making the intestines become inflamed.
There seems to be an environmental factor
Crohn’s disease diagnoses are on the rise. However, they seem to usually happen in urban, developed areas, suggesting that there are certain environmental factors that can contribute to Crohn’s.
There are some bad complications
Crohn’s patients don’t just have to deal with intestinal trouble. Crohn’s hangs out with a whole crew of shady characters that could drop in, like blindness, arthritis, painful skin ulcers, and one particularly rough customer called autoimmune hemolytic anemia, where the body freaks out so hard that it starts attacking its own red blood cells.
There are also some less bad complications
Crohn’s, of course, isn’t all horrible complications. There are plenty of little ones. Crohn’s patients are more susceptible to gallstones, fever, and diarrhea.
Diagnosis involves a magic trick
The best and most trusted test to diagnose Crohn’s disease involves a doctor making a long rubber tube with a camera on the end disappear. With your butt.
It’s a colonoscopy. The magic trick is a colonoscopy.