Crohn’s disease causes patches of inflammation throughout the digestive tract. Most often, Crohn’s disease affects the small intestine or colon. The inflammation can cause scarring on the bowel wall resulting in an obstruction of the digestive process. Sometimes, the inflammation goes deep through the layers of the bowel wall.
Crohn’s disease can develop at any age, but most often it begins prior to age 30. While there is no known cause for Crohn’s disease, it is thought to be either hereditary or a malfunction of the immune system trying to fight a bacteria or virus but attacks the digestive tract cells instead. There is not a cure for Crohn’s disease, but the disease can be managed through various treatment options.
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