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Symptoms of Crohn's disease

Symptoms of Crohn's disease: Introduction

Symptoms of Crohn's disease can run the gamut from mild to severe. Symptoms are due to the chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. They can include abdominal pain, cramps, and recurring bouts of diarrhea that may have blood or pus in it. Symptoms may also include bloody stool (melena), weight loss, poor appetite, malabsorption, malnutrition, fatigue, dehydration, and fever.

Chronic inflammation can lead to the formation of gastrointestinal ulcers. This can result in the formation of scar tissue that thickens and narrows the intestinal tract. Gastrointestinal ulcers can also become so deep that they result in the development of fistulas. Fistulas are abnormal holes between the gastrointestinal tract and other areas of the body such as the vagina, bladder and skin.

Fistulas can easily become seriously infected, resulting in critical complications, such as peritonitis and shock. Other serious complications include, rectal bleeding, anemia, deteriorating bowel function, bowel obstruction, malnutrition and problems with growth in children. Crohn's disease can also increase the risk of getting colorectal cancer....more about Crohn's disease »

Crohn's disease symptoms: The severity and types of symptoms of Crohn's disease vary from person to person. Typical symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pain, often in the lower right section of the abdomen. Rectal bleeding due to severe GI tract inflammation or the development of ulcers may also occur. People with Crohn's disease may also experience skin problems, weight loss, arthritis, and fever.

Not all of the above symptoms are always related to Crohn's disease. Although abdominal pain and diarrhea are typical of Crohn's disease, they and other symptoms can be related to many other potentially serious conditions, including food poisoning, appendicitis, and pancreatitis. Any episodes of rectal bleeding, vomiting of blood, persistent diarrhea, or moderate to severe abdominal pain should be reported to your health care provider. Only a thorough evaluation by a qualified health care professional can determine what is causing your particular symptoms and make a diagnosis of Crohn's disease....more about Crohn's disease »

Symptoms of Crohn's disease

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Crohn's disease includes the 27 symptoms listed below:

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Crohn's disease: Complications

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Crohn's disease?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Crohn's disease:

The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever may also occur. Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia. Children with Crohn's disease may suffer delayed development and stunted growth. (Source: excerpt from Crohn's Disease: NIDDK)

Crohn's disease as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Crohn's disease, it is also important to consider Crohn's disease as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Crohn's disease may cause:

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Crohn's disease: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Crohn's disease: Crohn's disease can occur in people of all age groups, but it is more often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 30.

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease. This signs and symptoms information for Crohn's disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Crohn's disease signs or Crohn's disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Crohn's disease symptoms.


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