Alternate Names : Regional Enteritis
What can be done to prevent the disease?
There are no effective ways to prevent Crohn's disease. An individual may be
able to reduce flare-ups by managing stress and eating a soft, bland
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
The course of Crohn's disease varies. Because it has a tendency to come and go,
includes periods without any symptoms. Both gastrointestinal and arthritis
symptoms of Crohn's disease tend to recur.
Chronic bowel problems include the development of fistulas. A fistula is an
abnormal passage or duct formed by the disease. It can connect two different
areas of bowel or connect the bowel to the outer skin. Other long-term effects
anal fissures, which are small tears, and pockets of pus near the
rectum. A bowel
or a hole or
perforation in the intestines is also possible.
Mostly due to
, an infection in the bloodstream, 5% to 10% of Crohn's patients will die from
the disease. There is a slightly increased risk of
colorectal cancer in
who have Crohn's disease.
What are the risks to others?
Crohn's disease is not contagious and poses no risk to others. There is some
tendency for the disease to run in families.